Officer injured when weapon discharges

NEW PALESTINE – An off-duty Indiana Metropolitan Police Department officer accidentally shot himself in the leg while removing his gun from its holster while sitting in his patrol car in New Palestine Sunday, according to Hancock County Sheriff’s Department reports.

Sheriff’s officials were called to assist around 11 a.m. According to the police report, Michael Price was removing his personal gun from its holster while sitting in his patrol car when the weapon accidentally fired.

Price told police he laid the gun, a 40-caliber glock, on his lap, and as he did, the gun discharged, striking him just above the right knee, the report stated.

Price was taken to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, where he was treated for the wound, officials said.

Officials from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department were advised of the incident, police reports state.

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Kristy Deer is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3262 or kdeer@greenfieldreporter.com.