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Fla. officer shot during training

The officer is expected to fully recover and there was “no reason to believe [the shooting] was anything but accidental,” according to the Pinecrest Police Department

By Devoun Cetoute, Charles Rabin and Omar Rodríguez Ortiz
Miami Herald

PINECREST, Fla. — A Pinecrest police officer was released from the hospital after being shot during a training exercise in Homestead Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Around 2:40 p.m., a Pinecrest police officer was taken to Homestead Hospital and then airlifted to Jackson South Ryder Trauma Center after another Pinecrest cop shot her at the police Homestead Training Center, 11700 SW 304th St., Steadman Stahl, president of the South Florida Police Benevolent Association, told the Miami Herald Wednesday.

“It was a training exercise, and it appears an officer accidentally shot another officer,” Stahl added.

She will be OK, he said.

The wounded officer was released from the hospital Wednesday night “after suffering an accidental gunshot wound to her forearm,” Pinecrest Police Chief Jason Cohen said in a statement posted on X, formerly Twitter.

“We have no reason to believe this was anything but accidental,” Cohen told CBS News Miami.

Cohen told the TV station that the department will evaluate training and safety precautions to “make sure this never happens again.”

The names of the officers involved in the shooting have not been released.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating.

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