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    Posted: Nov 28 2008 at 7:05pm
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Police chief accidentally shoots himself in the leg

By Lauren Pack

Staff Writer

Friday, November 28, 2008

MONROE — Middletown police Chief Greg Schwarber is recovering from a gunshot wound he suffered Friday, Nov. 28, at his residence on Todhunter Road.

Monroe police were called to the Schwarber residence at about 1:25 p.m. on a report of an accidental discharge of a gun, said Sgt. Tom Cobaugh.

Schwarber, 54, was shot in the leg while cleaning a Glock .45 caliber pistol just minutes after giving his daughter a gun safety lesson.

When officers arrived at the residence, they found Schwarber lying on the floor of his house with his leg covered by a towel. The pistol, which was behind Schwarber, was retrieved and secured.

According to the Monroe police report, "Mr. Schwarber stated that he was out teaching his daughter gun safety and shooting techniques. When they returned home, Mr. Schwarber was preparing to clean his weapons, when he failed to realize that his pistol was still loaded and accidentally shot himself in the leg."

The bullet entered his inner left thigh just above he knee and exited the other side before lodging itself in the wall, according to the report. The chief was transported to Atrium Medical Center for treatment.

No further information was immediately available.

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