Officer injured after accidentally discharging weapon outside Cambridge police station

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. (WHDH) - An investigation is underway after a Cambridge police officer injured himself when he accidentally discharged his service weapon outside of the police station on Thursday, officials said.

The veteran officer of 20 years, whose name was not released, sustained a leg injury after accidentally discharging his weapon outside of the station on 6th Street, according to the Cambridge Police Department.

“One of our officers was leaving his vehicle and heading in the direction of the Cambridge Police Department,” department spokesman Jeremy Warnick told 7NEWS. “What we do know is there was an accidental discharge of his firearm. It struck his leg.”

Despite being shot, Warnick says the officer was able to hobble into the lobby of the police station.

“He received treatment from officers who were right inside, right in the vicinity of the building,” Warnick said.

The officer underwent successful surgery and could be released as early as Saturday, according to police.

Warnick called the incident an “unfortunate accident.”

Video from SKY 7 HD showed the station surrounded by crime scene tape as investigators gathered evidence.

No additional details were immediately available.

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