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Officer charged after gun accidentally fires at school meet

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Mark Boudreau pictured on right (Source: WNEM) Mark Boudreau pictured on right (Source: WNEM)
FOWLERVILLE, MI (AP/WNEM) -

A Flint police officer has been charged after his personal gun accidentally fired into the floor of a high school gymnasium as he watched a wrestling tournament in which his son was a competitor.

The bullet lodged in the gym floor, but no one was injured.

MORE: On the incident here

Mark Boudreau, 40, is charged with a misdemeanor of careless discharge of a firearm, according to the Livingston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

That charge carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $500 fine.

The shot was fired May 5 at Fowlerville High School.

Boudreau was arraigned on June 11 and released on a $5,000 personal bond. 

"Clearly, he's embarrassed," said Frank Manley, Boudreau's attorney. "This is the guy that spent his whole life protecting people. Now to be in a situation where people think that maybe he's put them in danger. He's crestfallen."

Manley said Boudreau feels horrible about what happened at the high school. He said Boudreau has been a model police officer for years with no criminal record.

"He's an outstanding officer. He's an elite command officer. It's just one of those things that unfortunately happened and we are working through it," Manley said.

Manley said his client is very sorry this happened and he teaches gun safety on the force.

"We are going to learn from it and we're going to move on and we are going to make sure that this never happens again," Manley said.

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