CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) – A veteran Chicopee police officer is in the hospital with serious injuries after being shot Monday afternoon.
Hampden County District Attorney Mark Mastroianni says that the officer was taking part in a training exercise with Chicopee Police SWAT members at former Westover base housing located off of James Street when the gun went off.
The bullet struck the officer, whose name has not been released, in the head and was rushed to Baystate Medical Center.
Chicopee Mayor Michael Bissonnette tells ABC40 says that the injuries are serious, but not life threatening.
“Tonight we are all just very grateful that this didn’t turn worse than it could have been,” said Bissonnette.
The mayor says the officer is alert and surrounded by fellow officers and his wife. He adds the officer is doing the best he can under the circumstances and still has his sense of humor.
“I was over there, I spoke with the officer. I was able to have a conversation with him. I am confident he is going to recover, but it’s gonna take awhile,” said Bissonnette.
Chicopee Police and Mastroianni’s office are now investigating the incident.
“I want the facts. I wanna know exactly what happened and I think we’ll get the results of that in short order,” said Bissonnette.
A resident who lives near the apartment says police and fire training happens in the adandoned buildings every three to six months.
“Sometimes they have half a dozen K9 cars here for training,” said Ron Gautheir, Chicopee.
Chicopee Acting Chief Thomas Charette will be releasing more information about the accident Tuesday morning.