A police officer remains in critical condition after being shot with live ammunition during an active shooter exercise at an elementary school in Forest Hill, Texas.
Officer Lina Mino was participating in an active shooter drill at David K. Sellers Elementary School, located in a suburb approximately 10 miles from Fort Worth when she was hit in the face with gunfire.
A notice shared on Facebook prior to the scheduled training stated, in part: “There will be an active law enforcement presence in the area for several hours. Do not be alarmed, It is only TRAINING!”
The training, overseen by a third-party contractor, was not a “live fire” drill, according to a statement released by the Forest Hills Police Department, Fox News reported.
“The training was not a live-fire training and weapons were prohibited,” the statement said. “At approximately 2:12 p.m., a Sansom Police officer received a single gunshot wound. Participating officers immediately began rendering aid to the injured officer who was ultimately transported by MedStar to JPs Hospital in downtown Fort Worth.”
The Texas Rangers and Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office are investigating but it is unknown at this time how Mino was injured.
“The officer was shot with a live round and we don’t know how that happened,” said Everman Police Chief Craig Spencer, who has been enlisted to serve as spokesperson for the incident. “I can confirm that we do not ever use live ammunition in any sort of exercise. That’s not common for law enforcement.”
Spencer is hopeful the Texas Ranger and Tarrant County investigation will shed light on how Mino was critically injured in an exercise where live ammo should not have been present.
“The training provider is the one who provided the weapons,” Spencer said. “This was not a live fire training, that’s all I know. How the weapon was introduced, we don’t know.”
Police do not believe there is a danger to the public or that Mino was a victim of foul play.
“This is a tragic accident that happened here today,” Spencer said. “At this time, there is not any reason to believe that there is a criminal element here, but obviously, anytime we have a shooting like this, we will conduct a thorough and proper investigation into it.”
A GoFundme account, created to assist Mino with her mounting expenses, has raised $4,940 of its $10,000 goal.
There’s a GoFundMe campaign for Sansom Park Police Officer Lina Mino, who is hospitalized in stable condition after being shot in the face during a training exercise at a Forest Hill elementary school Saturday. TX Rangers are investigating the incident. https://t.co/oW4ERuWzRL
— Nicole Osei (@NicOseiNews) November 7, 2022
An officer was shot Saturday afternoon at a training exercise. This was a police training exercise for active shooters at a high school. There shouldn’t have been any live rounds on site.
Can’t help but wonder if this is an accident or punishment.https://t.co/huNkcSI6BA
— 🥀_Imposter_🕸️ (@Imposter_Edits) November 6, 2022
Police have not released the name of the officer who shot Mino nor the third-party contractor organizing the training, citing the ongoing investigation. Mino remains in the intensive care unit in stable but critical condition.
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