GASTONIA, N.C. – A Gaston County Sheriff's deputy was shot in the hip during a training exercise Friday afternoon, according to police.
The deputy, who has not been named, was in stable condition at Gaston Memorial Hospital late Friday night and is expected to be OK.
The accidental shooting happened at the Police Firearms and Training Facility off Tulip Drive. Those involved were both students in the Gaston College Basic Law Enforcement Training class.
Investigators said the deputy who was shot was cleaning his own weapon when another student's gun accidentally went off.
That student, investigators said, was having some kind of a problem with his own gun and was getting help from an instructor when it went off, striking the deputy in the hip.
Gaston County Sheriff Alan Cloninger said the deputy underwent surgery and was in stable condition.
"He is doing well," Cloninger said. "Luckily the bullet did not strike any vital organs."
Cloninger said the deputy had just been promoted after first having served as a detention officer in the county jail.
Because the shooting happened in the city, Gastonia Police are handling the investigation.
Gaston College officials could not be reached for comment late Friday.