Florida Officer's Radio Stops Friendly Fire

An Oviedo police officer accidentally shot a fellow officer during an arrest. The bullet was deflected by a radio and no one was injured.


OVIEDO, Fla. --

An Oviedo police officer accidentally shot a fellow officer during an arrest.

The officer is now on leave while an internal investigation looks at how this happened.

Police said a week ago the officers were responding to a domestic disturbance report.

Three officers were at the incident and two of them ended up in a scuffle with a suspect, police said.

A shot was fired by the third officer as she stood nearby. The bullet hit another officer's radio, which was in his gun belt, according to police.

"It could have been a lot worse, nobody was actually hurt," said Ron Jacobs with the Oviedo Police Department.

The unintended shot means an automatic internal review. The officer is on leave with pay.

"We train and we train with our finger outside the trigger guard and if the finger was in the trigger guard, it could be a violation," said Jacobs.

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