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RICHMOND — A Virginia Department of Corrections officer employed at the River North Correctional Center in Grayson County suffered an injury after what’s been characterized as an accidental discharge of a firearm in Richmond on Jan. 9.
The Richmond Police Department and Virginia Commonwealth University police responded to investigate the incident that occurred at 8:17 a.m. in the 800 block of North Seventh Street, according to a news release from the Richmond Police Department.
“The incident involved two state corrections officers,” the release said. “One officer was struck when the weapon of the other officer discharged by accident.
“The wounded officer was taken to [Virginia Commonwealth University] Medical Center for treatment of a non-life threatening injury.”
The release did not identify either correctional officer.
Larry Traylor, a DOC spokesperson, confirmed on Friday that both officers are employed at River North in Independence.
This incident occurred after the officers had transported an inmate to the Richmond hospital’s secure medical ward, according to a DOC news release. The accidental discharge by a correctional officer, a sergeant, happened when they returned to the medical center’s parking lot.
No other information has been released by the DOC, Traylor said. “The matter is under investigation.”
Initial reports to police indicated that the correction officer may have been trying to clean his gun when it went off, according to a Jan. 10 report in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. In an e-mail, Traylor said he could not confirm that report.