Edmonton police constable charged with careless use of a firearm

An Edmonton police officer has been charged with careless use of a firearm after it was alleged he accidentally discharged a personal firearm in May 2017.

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An Edmonton police officer has been charged with careless use of a firearm. (CBC)

An Edmonton police constable has been charged with careless use of a firearm after it was alleged he accidentally discharged a gun at his home.

On May 26, 2017, the officer had just finished cleaning the weapon at home when a single round was fired, police said in a news release Thursday.

The gun was the officer's personal firearm, not one that had been issued by the Edmonton Police Service.

The bullet travelled outside through a patio door, and was not recovered.

The officer was off-duty at the time and was home alone, police said. No one was injured in the incident.

Police said the officer, who had 2½​ years on the force, immediately reported the incident to EPS and secured his firearm.