FOREST HILL, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A Sansom Park police officer is in critical condition after allegedly being shot during an active shooting training session at an elementary school on Saturday afternoon.
At around 2:12 p.m. on November 5, Forest Hill police received a call that an officer had descended in a “training accident,” Everman Sheriff Craig Spencer said.
Spencer said the officer was shot directly and was then taken by ambulance to John Peter Smith hospital, where she is in a critical but stable condition. Her identity has not been revealed at this time.
The course was organized by a third-party training provider at David K. Sellars Elementary School in Forest Hill, said Spencer. Several other agencies, including the Sansom Park Police Department, also participated in the training.
Spencer said a third-party supplier provided the used equipment and had no plans to hold any live-fire training.
The Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Texas Rangers, are currently investigating the incident.
Spencer said he is not sure if anyone has been placed on administrative leave at this time.
The mayor of Forest Hill, Stephanie Boardingham, has since asked the community to send prayers and condolences to the officer’s family.
“We just offer our prayers and condolences to the family of the officer who was shot. Additionally, we ask the same of our officers here in Forest Hill, as well as all of them. officers are taking this training,” Boardingham said. “Please help us pray for the officers, and for all who are conducting the investigation so we can all get through this.”
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