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Officer's Weapon Fires into His Own Foot during Raid

By Andi Bryant     Nov 1, 2007 in Crime
A Portland, ME tactical team sustained an injury while conducting a raid to capture a fugitive when one of the officers' weapons fired, shooting the officer in the foot. The raid continued and the fugitive was taken into custody.
An October 30th raid by a Portland tactical team ended with an injury to one of its officers when his weapon discharged for unknown reasons while approaching the house.
Sgt. John Nueslein suffered a single gunshot wound from his own weapon when it discharged, the round penetrating the sergeant's boot and then his foot. Two officers from the tactical team tended to Nueslein while the raid continued. Nueslein was treated at the Maine Medical Center and later released.
The fugitive 34 year old Scot Stolkner was arrested as a suspect in an armed robbery case. Seized from arrest scene were a loaded handgun, undisclosed amounts of heroin and Ecstasy, and $3,500 in cash.
According to boston.com, Sgt Nueslein, a nine year veteran of the force, was approaching the house carrying a semiautomatic police version of the M-16. The weapon has since been tested at the firing range and was found to be in proper working order, although in need of some maintenance.
This event is reported as being the first injury to an officer in the tactical force's 22-year history by gunfire.
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