A child somehow managed to grab a New Jersey police chief’s service weapon Tuesday afternoon and shoot him in the leg.
The child, described as a preteen, had gone with his parents to the tax collector’s office at the Bordentown Township Municipal Building when he fired the gun and shot Chief Frank Nucera in the leg.
The 57-year-old Nucera, who also serves as town administrator, was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
Burlington County prosecutors said the child fired the gun accidentally, but they aren’t sure how he was able to get .45-caliber handgun out of the officer’s holster.
Only one shot was fired, and no one else was injured.
Nucera has served with the township’s police department for 32 years, including seven as chief.
No charges have been filed, and the shooting remains under investigation.
Watch this video report posted online by WPVI-TV:
[Image: Boy pointing gun at camera via Shutttertock]