St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Detective Accidentally Shot During Firearms Training

November 6, 2013

smcso badgeOn November 6, 2013, Detective Corporal David Alexander was participating in firearms training at the Harry Lundeburg School of Seamanship Firearms Training Facility.

While participating in a live fire exercise, Cpl Alexander sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

He was transported by Maryland State Police Helicopter to University of Maryland Trauma Center in Baltimore where he was treated and released.

An investigation is ongoing to determine the exact cause of the weapon’s discharge.

Detective Corporal David Alexander is a thirteen year veteran of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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20 Responses to St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Detective Accidentally Shot During Firearms Training

  1. kathy on November 6, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Prayers sent. Thank you officer for your service and protection. May you heal fast.

  2. Eric on November 6, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    In accordance with President Obama’s doctrine on the second amendment issues. If there is an accident related with firearms then it shall be banned in name of children’s safety. Alright! Let’s ban all firearms for the law enforcements. They don’t need firearms because most of law-abiders aren’t armed with firearms. It is also illegal to carry firearms outside of the house. Don’t you liberalists get this?

    • heuck on November 7, 2013 at 8:00 am

      haha.. agree with ya 110%…however you said “doctrine”, i do believe you meant “ASSAULT”

      • Eric on November 7, 2013 at 4:44 pm

        I was trying to send a politically correctness message to the liberalists and democRATs ;)

        • Anonymous on November 7, 2013 at 10:37 pm

          Lol, Tea Party Republicans make the best comedians. Instead of sending prayers out to the officer and his family, you make this political. SMDH

        • Eric on November 8, 2013 at 12:32 pm

          We did it, we took Virginia! The tea party is the greatest thing to ever happen for the Democrats.

  3. realist on November 6, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    It happens. I say that not as a jerk, they will be along soon enough, but as a 20 year law enforcement vet. Before the gun nuts come on to evaluate what happened and how much smarter they are, and before the cop haters come in to complain that he actually lived, please just accept that the incident will be investigated. Not all police firearms training is conducted from a stationary line, there is movement required in an attempt to replicate real world activity.

    Hope everything turns out ok.

  4. bluerescue69 on November 6, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    God bless you for your 13 years of service to our county. Get plenty of rest. We need you fully recovered so you can continue to protect and serve. :) Take care.

  5. John on November 6, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Get well soon!

  6. Susan on November 6, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    A good officer and a great neighbor. We are glad he is ok.

  7. Justin on November 6, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Get well soon Detective Sergeant. To touch a little bit more on what realist said. Accidents do happen. Complacency sometimes leads to these accidents, sometimes it is entirely an accident. There are also mechanical failure accidents that have occurred. Like for instance a fire pin spring could break and strike the primer in the round causing the round to fire. The pin could activate the primer while the slide is moving forward during loading. Glad he is Ok and that’s all that matters.

  8. Tammie Warren on November 6, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Dave is an awesome cop sorry to hear this. Praying for a fast recovery

  9. Bob on November 6, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Why’d they fly him to Shock Trauma if they were just going to release him?

    • Anonymous on November 6, 2013 at 8:34 pm

      Because a GSW is a traumatic injury. We do not have a trauma center here. So he gets treated by doctors who specialize in these types of injuries and then he gets to go home. Thankful that the officer is okay. Glad to see that this thread has not been turned into a tabloid thus far.

  10. smh on November 6, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    GET WELL SOON! At one point in time there was a lot of disdain, according to myself, in which this agency that Cpl Alexander work under. Now that there exist great and professional leadership in Sheriff Cameron I am gratified to speak positively when referring to a police agency. I once had an experience with Cpl Alexander and he conducted himself in the most professional manner. I am praying for a speedy recovery and hope he will be back on the beat as soon as possible.

  11. The Other on November 7, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Ahhhhhh!!!! now see he would have been much better off looking for seatbelt violations or running radar on a State Highway!!!!!

    • friday on November 8, 2013 at 7:51 am

      Ahhh….and it would have been better for us all if you kept your childish comment off this reader forum.

      I hope Det. Alexander has a full and speedy recovery so he can get back to work protecting us from idiots and criminals!

      • The Other on November 8, 2013 at 12:11 pm

        Ahhhhhhhhhh your mockery is not very entertaining so up yours too!!!

  12. Criag on November 7, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Even the trained professionals have accidents with guns…

    • WWJD on November 8, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      Go figure!