2 Barnsdall officers injured by 'friendly fire,' accidental discharge

Two Barnsdall officers injured during a friendly fire incident Monday evening in Barnsdall have been treated and released.

According to officials, another officer's gun accidentally discharged, sending shrapnel into the two officers.

Osage County Sheriff Ty Koch told 2NEWS the incident happened between 4:30 and 5 p.m. when Osage County deputies were assisting the officers in executing a search warrant on the 400 block of S. 4 th Street.

As an officer was putting his AR-15 into his vehicle, the weapon accidentally discharged, firing two rounds.

While the bullets struck no one, shrapnel from those bullets striking the vehicle lodged in one officer's leg and in another officer's abdomen and neck.

Both officers, one sent to St. John's and the other, Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville, have been since released and "have no serious wounds."

Koch told 2NEWS he does not know the status of the officer who was handling the gun, nor does he know why the weapon fired.

"We are conducting an investigation," he said.

The Osage County Sheriff's Office now has the rifle in its evidence room where it will be held until inspected by federal firearms experts.

The Barnsdall Police Department was not willing to give 2NEWS any statement at the time of this posting.

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