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Police officer practicing 'quick draw skills' shoots gun in airport

No one was injued, although the bullet traveled into an adjacent hallway.

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Ed Adamczyk
A police officer accidentally discharged his weapon while practicing his quick draw skills in a Des Moines, Iowa, International Airport office Wednesday. File photo by csabacz/Shutterstock
A police officer accidentally discharged his weapon while practicing his quick draw skills in a Des Moines, Iowa, International Airport office Wednesday. File photo by csabacz/Shutterstock

DES MOINES, Iowa, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- A Des Moines, Iowa, police officer accidentally fired his gun while practicing his quick draw skills in an airport office, a police report says.

Officer Brady Pratt, 23, was in a Des Moines International Airport office Wednesday afternoon and drew his weapon to practice "his quick draw skills" and "unknowingly had his finger on the trigger and discharged a round into the ceiling tile," the report states.

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The bullet struck the ceiling, traveled through a wall and into a ceiling tile in an unoccupied adjacent hallway. No one was injured, but another police officer was present to witness the accidental shot. Pratt notified a supervisor.

"Discipline is always a possibility when [police officers] are negligent. The level will be determined by the circumstances. There will be a very thorough review," said Sgt. Paul Parizek, Des Moines Police Department spokesman.

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