(CNS) A police SWAT officer was undergoing surgery today for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound he suffered in the accidental discharge of a weapon at Huntington Beach Police Department headquarters, authorities said.
The officer was wounded around 10 p.m. Wednesday and taken by paramedics from the station at 2000 Main Street to UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, according to police and an emergency dispatcher. His name, age and rank were not immediately disclosed.
The officer was struck by a round accidentally fired from another officer's firearm as officers cleaned their weapons during a debriefing following a training exercise, police said.
"At 10 o'clock last night we had an unintentional discharge of a firearm within the station,'' said Huntington Beach Lt. Mike Freeman shortly before 3 a.m. "Unfortunately, one of our officers was struck by the round. He was taken to the hospital by Huntington Beach paramedics and is currently in surgery.''
The officer's wound was not considered life threatening, Freeman said.
The Orange County Sheriff's Department was investigating the shooting.