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Officer shot accidentally at shooting range


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A Columbus police officer this morning was transported to the hospital after he was accidentally shot in the arm at the Columbus Police Department''s shooting range on Martin Luther King Drive South this morning. 


The incident occurred at about 7:30 a.m. when a CPD officer accidentally shot Jim Rhodes in the arm with a 9 mm handgun while officers were completing training requirements at the range, according to CPD Capt. Fred Shelton. 


"They were completing some of their yearly officer qualification requirements this morning when one of the officers accidentally discharged his weapon towards officer Jim Rhodes," Shelton explained. "Rhodes was transported to Baptist (Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle), but his injuries were not life-threatening or anything." 


Rhodes is the CPD work program supervisor, and has been working at the department for six years. Police have not released the name of the officer who shot Rhodes, but Shelton confirmed it was a veteran officer. 


"Because it involved an officer shooting another city officer, we have handed the investigation over to the (Lowndes) County Sheriff''s Department," said Shelton. "Officer Rhodes is being treated at the hospital as we speak."




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Reader Comments

Article Comment Chris commented at 2/26/2009 2:54:00 AM:

Did someone give Joe a bullet again? We all know what happened the last time he had one!!!


Article Comment jeff commented at 2/26/2009 8:01:00 AM:

joe jhonson is a fine officer who was robbed of his rightful permotion not just 1 time but 3 thay bypassed him this last time to hire a out of state drunk who is also a womenizer who has had an affair with a known drug abusing convicted fellon but i guss 2 weeks of rehab cured that for him stop bashing joe the man has been with the columbus pd longer than any of the so called supper chiefs thay keep hiring wake up columbus lets start hiring from the ranks were good men and women have worked hard for these positions


Article Comment Chris commented at 2/26/2009 9:59:00 AM:

??? Want to try that again but this time in English???
Joe has been there so long by not doing A SINGLE, SOLITARY THING EXCEPT TO MURDER AN UNARMED MAN!!
The only thing that was "robbed" is a young man who was made an example of by a certain people in the most extreme way.


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