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Nassau police recruit accidentally shoots himself in leg during training, officials say

A Nassau County Police Department recruit accidentally shot

A Nassau County Police Department recruit accidentally shot himself, "piercing" his thigh and calf during a training session at the county-owned shooting range in Uniondale, police said. Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

A Nassau County Police Department recruit accidentally shot himself Wednesday, "piercing" his thigh and calf during a training session at the county-owned shooting range in Uniondale, police said.

The police recruit, whose name and age were withheld by the department, was attending firearms training at the Nassau County Rifle & Pistol Range when he "accidentally discharged" a single round from his service weapon during a drill, police said.

The recruit was taken to a hospital with nonlife threatening injuries, police said.

The recruit is a member of the department's latest police academy class of 69 trainee officers, who were sworn in on Oct. 3.

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