Seattle officer accidentally shoots woman in leg

SEATTLE (AP) - A Seattle police official says an officer who accidentally shot a 19-year-old woman in the leg is on paid leave while the shooting is investigated.

Assistant Police Chief Paul McDonagh told reporters that, in his words, "any discharge of a weapon is very, very serious to us."

Police say the unarmed woman suffered a wound Wednesday night that was not considered life-threatening. She was wanted on felony warrants.

The Seattle Times reports ( that the 29-year-old officer was not identified.

McDonagh said the officer was among those responding to a bogus report of a bomb when he saw one woman punching another. One woman ran and the officer chased her. The officer couldn't see the woman's hands but thought they were near her waistband. Police say the officer drew his gun to cover himself and the gun discharged accidentally.


Information from The Seattle Times is included in this report.


Information from: The Seattle Times,

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