Officer accidentally fires rifle after hours-long standoff
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — The Idaho Falls Police Department did not disclose that a member of its SWAT team accidentally fired his rifle near the end of an hours-long standoff in a residential neighborhood in August.
The Post Register reports that Police Chief Mark McBride says he didn’t believe it was necessary to report the accidental discharge since no one was hurt, thought the target of the standoff now says he believes he was injured by either the bullet or shrapnel caused by it.
McBride says his department made “no finding” as to how the suspect received a minor injury to his hand during the Aug. 6 standoff.
The accidental discharge was not recorded in police reports contained in court records and wasn’t publicly disclosed until the Post Register asked about the incident.