GVPD firearm training results in accidental shooting

Investigation still pending

By Anya Zentmeyer | 10/2/11 10:45pm


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A member of the Grand Valley Police Department runs drills during a training session

A 30-year-old Grand Haven man reported a gunshot wound to the arm to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department at 9:55 a.m. Thursday after a Grand Valley State University Police Department-related accidental shooting.

In a news release, the Ottawa County Sheriff Department reported that the bullet was fired at the North Ottawa Rod and Gun Club, where the GVPD was conducting firearm training.

The Grand Haven man reported sustaining the wound while working on a residence on Acacia Street in the Cutter Park subdivision, east of the North Ottawa Rod and Gun Club by about half a mile.

The incident is currently under investigation by the Ottawa County Sheriff Department, but is believed to be an accident. A press release issued by GVSU News and Information states, “the Grand Valley State University Police Department and officers who were at the firearms range are cooperating fully in the investigation.”

Capt. Brandon DeHaan, assistant director of the GVPD, said the department will refrain from making any comment until the outcome of Ottawa County’s pending investigation.


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