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Covington cop on leave after gun fires in office

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Posted: Dec 13, 2013 3:53 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: covington police, accidental discharge, jack west

COVINGTON - A Covington police captain has been placed on paid administrative leave after accidentally discharging a gun in his office.

Police Chief Tim Lentz says Capt. Jack West failed to determine whether the gun was loaded as he was issuing it to a new recruit on Wednesday. Lentz said nobody was hurt when the weapon discharged. An internal investigation is underway.

West was one of two Covington police officials investigated following the arrests of two referees during a high school football game in October. That investigation is complete but has not been released.

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