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The University of Louisville Police Department is instituting new rules for its officers’ firearms training, following an incident last week in which a live round was fired by accident in a conference room before lodging into the wall of a second room, a UofL spokesman said.

Asked about the incident, UofL spokesman John Karman told Insider Louisville that the “training mishap” occurred when officers were preparing for an exercise on a firearms simulator.

“For the session, duty guns had been separated from training weapons,” Karman said in an email. “During the course of the session, a duty weapon was accidentally picked up and fired. A round lodged into a wall. No one was hurt. There was no maliciousness or horseplay involved.”

Karman later indicated that the bullet was fired by the trainer of the session, who is a certified firearms instructor. The bullet eventually lodged into the wall of a nearby bathroom, where ULPD interim Chief Kenny Brown was at the time.

As a result of the incident, the following new rules have been put into place by the ULPD:

  • All firearms and all ammo of all participants will be locked in a separate room.
  • Training weapons will be marked with red grips and slides.
  • All participants will be checked by two instructors for the proper equipment before the start of the session.
  • The training sessions will not begin until both instructors determine that the room is safe.
  • These rules will be posted outside of the training room.

Karman also indicated that UofL is close to hiring a new chief of police. Wayne Hall retired last May after 26 years in that position, which has since been filled by Brown.

Joe Sonka
Joe Sonka is a staff writer at Insider Louisville focusing on government, politics, education and public safety. He is a former news editor and staff writer at LEO Weekly and has also freelanced for The Nation and ThinkProgress. He has won first place awards from the Louisville Metro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in the categories of Health Reporting, Enterprise Reporting, Government/Politics, Minority/Women’s Affairs Reporting, Continuing Coverage and Best Blog. Email him at [email protected]