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Wash. officer’s daughter shot in leg with his gun

The Columbian

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Spokane authorities say the 10-year-old daughter of a police officer is in stable condition after being shot in the leg with her father’s duty weapon.

Officer Jennifer DeRuwe (De-ROO) said Tuesday that the Spokane County sheriff’s office has been asked to investigate accidental shooting that happened Sunday. The Spokesman-Review reports Officer Barry O’Connell has been placed on paid leave.

DeRuwe says O’Connell also faces an internal police department investigation into possible policy violations.

It’s Washington state’s fourth reported accidental child shooting in seven weeks and the second involving an officer’s child.

The 7-year-old daughter of a Marysville police officer was killed March 10 when authorities say her brother found a gun in the family car. The gun belonging to the officer was not his duty weapon.

A Snohomish County sheriff’s investigation into that shooting is under way.

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