BECKLEY, West Virginia -- A West Virginia State Police trooper and a Raleigh County Sheriff’s deputy were both wounded in a "friendly fire" incident Wednesday night.
The two officers are recovering following the "accidental shot," Raleigh County Sheriff Scott Van Meter told MetroNews.
Members of the Raleigh County Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force were executing a warrant at a home as part of an ongoing drug investigation on Coal Street in Beckley when the incident occurred. The Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department Special Response Team was also involved in the situation.
Van Meter said the single shot struck one of his deputies in the wrist and the bullet passed through and hit a trooper in the shin. Neither wound was considered life-threatening and both were transported to a local hospital for treatment.
The incident remains under investigation by the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department, West Virginia State Police and the Beckley Police Department.