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April 9, 2013

Accidental shooting injures Butler student in El Dorado

El Dorado police are investigating a shooting where a private security officer reported that while he was handling a gun on duty, he accidentally fired it. The round went through a wall, causing a minor injury to an 18-year-old college student.

El Dorado police are investigating a shooting where a private security officer reported that while he was handling a gun on duty, he accidentally fired it. The round went through a wall, causing a minor injury to an 18-year-old college student.

In an e-mail statement Tuesday, Police Chief Tom Boren gave this account: At about 10:30 p.m. Monday, police were called to the Villa Apartments, 700 S. Haverhill, to investigate a report of an accidental shooting in the office area.

Boren said the apartments are privately owned and not on campus but mostly students live there. The injured person is a Butler Community College student, he said.

Officers saw damage to a computer and furniture. When the shot was fired, the student suffered a minor injury while working at a computer in a room next to the office

The officer could face possible charges of aggravated battery and reckless bodily harm, the statement said.

The officer was questioned and released; the county attorney is reviewing the case.

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