Authorities say an off-duty Flint police officer's gun accidentally discharged at a high school wrestling meet.
Police officials said in a release the officer was watching his son compete Saturday in the multi-school event at Fowlerville High School. The bullet from what was described as an "off-duty sidearm" struck and lodged in the gym floor, and one person trying to flee twisted an ankle.
The meet was interrupted for about 50 minutes.
Police declined to provide additional details but say a report of what happened will be sent to the Livingston County prosecutor for review after the investigation is complete.
Officials at Fowlerville High School sent the following letter to parents, students and staff: Hello Fowlerville Parents, students and Staff,Today, Saturday, May 5th, at an athletic event in the high school's competition gym, a spectator who is an off duty police officer from Flint discharged their weapon accidentally. No other spectators were involved or injured in the incident. Police responded immediately, assessed the situation, and have given the all clear to resume normal functions. The involved officer accompanied the local police to the local station to complete the investigation. It's important to know that this individual is a police officer licensed to carry the weapon legally in our district. The discharge was accidental and no other spectators were involved."I'm waiting by my mat on a stair and right next to me, about like five inches away, all I hear is a loud boom, and a gun goes right next to my foot and barely misses me," said 12-year-old John Allen.
It was a scary moment for John and hundreds of other people inside of a school gymnasium.
When the officer's gun accidentally discharged, the bullet was lodged into the gym floor.
"I remember right away I just yelled and my mom grabbed me and I just ran," John said.
But how did this happen?
"A parent had a revolver in their pocket that discharged somehow and went off in the middle of our wrestling tournament," said Steven Richardson, an official with Michigan USA Wrestling.
Flint police are not currently releasing the officer's name. John is just glad no one was hurt and that he still got to wrestle.
"I just wanted to wrestle, that's what we do," John said.
The Flint police officer could possibly face charges a report will be forwarded to the Livingston County prosecutor for review after the investigation is complete.
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