Officer's gun accidentally discharged at Alexandria middle school

Elias Hubbard
March 13, 2018

A school resource officer with the Alexandria, Virginia, Police Department accidentally fired his weapon Tuesday morning at George Washington Middle School, police said.

The incident took place inside George Washington Middle School at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Nobody was injured in the incident.

Police said that the officer was put on routine administrative leave while they investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident. The resource officer is a five-year veteran of the department. He immediately checked for potential injuries in the area. The officer, at that point, contacted his supervisor and school staff, according to the release.

Deputy Scot Peterson, of the Broward County Sheriff's Office, was stationed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, as the school's resource officer on February 14 when a gunman entered a building on campus and killed 17 people.

Alexandria City Public Schools passed a resolution against gun violence last week calling for action by Congress and the Virginia General Assembly, arguing that "the prevention of gun violence can not be relegated to local school divisions alone".

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