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Officer Shoots Self at Police Training Facility



    Officer Shoots Self at Police Training Facility
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    A Norristown police officer shot himself in the leg during a training exercise in Plymouth Township, Montgomery County.

    The shooting, which police say was accidental, occurred at an indoor firing range at the Montgomery County Tactical Response Training Center shortly after 11 a.m.

    Sgt. Robert Langdon was training with other police at the time, when he accidentally discharged his handgun, police told NBC10's Daralene Jones.  Plymouth Deputy Police Chief John Myrsiades says investigators believe the shot grazed the officer's leg and may have gone into his calf.

    Langdon was airlifted to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is conscious and alert.

    The training center is located on the same grounds a the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Campus. According to the county website, the facility is used to provide training and mandatory firearm qualifications to nearly 2,000 law enforcement officers throughout the county.

    The building that houses the gun training is 24,300 square feet. It has 15 pistol-shooting lanes and five lanes for rifle-firing practice.

    In February, an officer from the Upper Gwynedd police force shot himself at another gun range in Montgomery County.

    Sergeant Stephen Gillen was taking his gun out of his holster when it went off at the Hatfield Police Pistol Range on County Line Road.

    Gillen shot himself in the foot.

    He was going through an annual firearms training and being supervised by two certified range instructors, according to Mark Toomey, Chief of Police for Hatfield Township.