Authorities: Police cadet wounded in firing range shooting

NAPOLEON, Ohio (AP) — A police cadet was seriously wounded but expected to survive what authorities say apparently was an accidental shooting at a northwest Ohio firing range.

Authorities say the shooting occurred Tuesday night as the cadet was training with the Northwest State Law Enforcement Academy at the range in Henry County. They say he appeared to have been accidentally shot in the back by a classmate during gun-training exercises and was initially in critical condition.

A Henry County sheriff’s dispatcher confirmed Thursday that the cadet was awake and talking and expected to survive. The cadet hasn’t been identified.

Henry County Sheriff Michael Bodenbender says authorities were investigating, but initial reports indicate an accidental shooting.

Authorities say the shooter apparently was cleaning or oiling a gun he thought wasn’t loaded when it discharged.

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