September 22, 2010 in Idaho, Region

No charges for deputy who fired gun in hotel

Associated Press
 

LEWISTON — Lewiston police say no charges will be filed against a Bonner County sheriff’s deputy who accidentally fired his weapon in a hotel room.

The Lewiston Tribune reports the deputy was practicing techniques he’d learned in a firearms instruction class when the gun went off Monday evening at the Inn America.

Police say the deputy, who has not been named, was aiming what he thought was an unloaded gun at a mirror in his room and practicing dry-firing.

A round discharged, went through the mirror and into the next room, where the occupant was in the shower. Nobody was injured.

The deputy told officers he neglected to check to make sure the gun wasn’t loaded.

Lewiston police Capt. Roger Lanier says the deputy remains under administrative review by his supervisors in Bonner County.

The firearm was placed into the police department’s evidence room for safe keeping.

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