July 30, 2023
A Dallas police employee was shot in the arm Tuesday after a gun accidentally discharged in the property room, the department confirmed.
The employee, who was not named by police, was processing evidence when the shooting occurred, a police spokeswoman said. They were hospitalized with injuries that weren't considered life threatening, police said.
Police spokespeople declined to clarify whether the employee fired the shot or was shot by another person.
Dallas police Chief Eddie García said in a memo sent internally to department employees Tuesday afternoon that the weapon was "not rendered safe." He said employees must ensure all weapons are rendered safe before they're submitted to the property room, and outlined steps for securing pistols, revolvers and rifles.
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"We are lucky the injury was not more serious, and the employee will recover," García said in the memo obtained by The Dallas Morning News. "Safety is paramount, not only for the people we serve, but for all members of our DPD family."
Dallas police are investigating. The department declined to provide additional details.
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