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Md. Recruit Shot During Training Leaves Hospital

A University of Maryland police recruit has been released from the hospital 10 days after he was shot in the head during a training mishap.

The unidentified trainee, who is in his 40s, was sent home from Maryland Shock Trauma Center on Friday after suffering the injuries on Feb. 12 while participating in Baltimore police training exercises held in Owings Mills, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Officials said that the training instructor, William Scott Kern, mistook his service weapon for a paint-cartridge pistol and critically injured the recruit.

The 18-year veteran remains suspended while the Maryland State Police conducts an investigation.

The incident revealed several problems and had led to changes within the Baltimore Police Department.

Six instructors, including the head of the training academy, were suspended while the academy was halted for an entire week.

"We had a major procedural breakdown in our systems, and we're working to correct those," Police Commissioner Anthony Batts told reporters this week. "We're expanding this [review] to ensure we have proper protocols and we're serving this city in a constitutional way."

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