Upstate NY police chief accidentally shoots self in hand
WHITEHALL, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York police chief is recovering after accidentally shooting himself in the hand while cleaning a handgun.
Fort Edward Chief Walt Sandford tells the Glens Falls Post-Star (http://bit.ly/Lzfc0N ) the accident happened Friday while he was working on the 9mm pistol at his home in the Washington County town of Whitehall.
He was taking it apart and didn't believe there was a round in the chamber when it fired and a bullet passed through his left palm. Sandford had surgery and is expected to recover in six weeks.
He says the accident happened when he was doing something he's done "thousands of times," emphasizing the danger of firearms even in experienced hands.
Sandford's department is investigating the death of a 13-year-old boy in a shotgun accident earlier this month.
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