Belleville police to close basement shooting range -

Belleville police to close basement shooting range

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- The chief of Belleville police has decided to close the department's basement shooting range after an officer was injured earlier this month.

Belleville Police Chief William Clay says the range is outdated, narrow and a hazard. In the Sept. 3 shooting incident, authorities say a piece of shrapnel broke off a bullet and struck an officer in the forehead during shooting practice. The officer required stitches.

Clay says he isn't exactly sure how the incident happened, but that it appears to be an accident.

He says Belleville police officers do most training at an outdoor range, but were required to do annual testing at the indoor site.

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