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Police officer faces fine in negligent discharge case

A gun went off after a late-night training session at a police station, injuring a fellow officer.

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Hämeenlinna police station Image: Ville Välimäki / Yle

A policeman has gone on trial in Hämeenlinna, southern Finland, over the accidental shooting of a fellow officer.

As proceedings began at Kanta-Häme District Court on Thursday, the prosecutor called for at least 70 day-fines for careless use of a firearm, aggravated injury and negligent dereliction of official duties.

The incident took place at Hämeenlinna police station in March 2017.

According to charges read out in court, a senior constable who was training in the use of force caused injury due to aggravated negligence.

The accident occurred after a training session, when guns used in the session had been switched back from their safety setting to the regular on-duty setting.

The trainer then began to present a situation, during which the gun went off. It passed through the elbow of a policeman who had been taking part in the class, and also grazed his side of his chest.

The defendant has admitted to causing injury, but denies that it was aggravated.

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