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SOUTH JORDAN — A security officer was hospitalized with a gunshot wound Saturday after he was accidentally struck by a fellow colleague who was cleaning his weapon.
Investigators said the incident happened just prior to 9 a.m. South Jordan police officers responded to a 911 call of a shooting at 859 W. South Jordan Parkway at a business that housed a firearms training facility.
Authorities said a group of security guards had just come back to the business after conducting firearms training at another facility. The security officers were preparing to clean their weapons when one of the men failed to verify his gun was clear of live rounds, said South Jordan police master officer Samuel Winkler. The weapon discharged, striking a 24-year old man in the abdomen.
The victim, who was not identified, was rushed to Intermountain Medical Center in critical condition. He was later reported to be stable and his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, Winkler said.
“This appears to be a tragic accident," he said. "It’s also a reminder that firearms needed to be treated as if they are always loaded and to use a double-check system when handling firearms for transport and cleaning. You can never be too careful when it comes to firearms safety.”