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Suffolk police officer shoots himself in the hand, officials say

A uniformed Suffolk County police officer accidentally shot himself in the hand with his service weapon in Central Islip at the end of his patrol shift Monday night, Assistant Police Commissioner Justin Meyers said.

The officer, assigned to the Third Precinct in Bay Shore, suffered nonlife-threatening injuries. His identity has not been released. Officials also could not say how long the officer has worked for the department or in what capacities.

Citing safety concerns for officers, police declined to say where the shooting happened. The officer was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore where he was scheduled to have surgery on his hand.

In a statement Tuesday, Meyers said: “A police officer accidentally discharged his firearm, striking himself in the hand, outside his relief point in Central Islip at approximately 8:45 p.m. last night. He was transported to a hospital where he was scheduled to undergo surgery on his hand. The injury was non-life-threatening. There was no one else involved.”

It was not clear what caused the officer’s service weapon, a Glock pistol, to discharge. Police have not said if the weapon was holstered at the time. Police said the circumstances involved no improprieties or foul play.

Contacted later Tuesday, police had no additional details on the shooting.

Meyers said the incident is under departmental review, as is the case whenever an officer’s weapon has been fired.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misstated the hospital where the police officer was being treated.

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