Authorities: Police cadet wounded in firing range shooting

NAPOLEON, Ohio (AP) — A police cadet was wounded in what authorities say apparently was an accidental shooting at a northwest Ohio firing range.

Authorities say the shooting occurred Tuesday night as the cadet was training with the Northwest State Law Enforcement Academy at the range in Henry County. They say he appeared to have been accidentally shot in the back by a classmate during gun-training exercises and was flown to a Toledo hospital in critical condition.

The Blade in Toledo reports that the cadet, who wasn’t identified, is expected to survive.

Henry County Sheriff Michael Bodenbender says authorities were investigating. But he says initial reports indicate the shooting was accidental.

Authorities say the shooter apparently was cleaning or oiling a gun he thought wasn’t loaded when it discharged.