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03/09/07
Elite Police Officer Shoots Himself
- Spotlight on Tasers as training proves to be no bar to injury

Elite Police Officer Shoots Himself. Copyright LondonNet.comAN ARMED POLICE officer, highly trained in handling weapons, shot himself in the leg near the US Embassy on Grosvenor Square yesterday after apparently leaving the safety catch off his gun.

"The incident occurred whilst he was on duty in a police vehicle," said a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police. "The officer was taken to a central London hospital where his condition is described as stable. Nobody else was injured."

One source close to the incident said: "Frankly he's lucky he didn't kill himself or somebody else."

The officer is understood to be a member of the elite Diplomatic Protection Group, which is a squad charged with guarding embassies, diplomats and government high-ups.

The status of the officer and the timing of his accident throws the spotlight on the Met, who last week were given permission by the government to use Taser guns much more widely than previously, partly on the basis that training would help avoid accidents.

Police Minister Tony McNulty said the risk of injury from Tasers was "low", but statistics from the USA, where Tasers have been in use for years, show that hundreds of people have died after being shot by the electric shock guns.



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