Officers ‘negligently’ shot during training ID’d

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Two Fort Wayne Police officers were accidentally shot during training exercise at the shooting range inside the Public Safety Academy on Fort Wayne’s south side Tuesday.

Police and medics were called just before 4 p.m. to the Public Safety Academy at 7602 Patriot Crossing, off U.S. 27, on a report of a shooting. Dispatchers said authorities were investigating an accidental shooting there.

A Fort Wayne Police spokesman said 24-year veteran Officer Kerry Haywood’s weapon inadvertently and negligently discharged during a training exercise at the shooting range at the facility. The bullet struck two officers, the spokesman said.

Haywood was shot in his left hand and was taken to a local hospital. The bullet then grazed Officer Kurt Franceus, an 11-year veteran, in the leg. He was not hospitalized.

An internal investigation is being conducted by the Fort Wayne Police Department into the incident.

Local law enforcement including new recruits use the Public Safety Academy to train.

The department’s last training-related shooting death happened back in 1987. According to Officer Down Memorial Page which tracks police officer deaths across the country, Officer Omega Graham was shot in the chest during a training exercise in Battle Creek, Michigan. Graham was a new recruit, 13 weeks into the 16 week training academy. 

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