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January 8, 2015 at 1:36 PM

Alaska man accidentally shoots daughter while moving gun

The Associated Press

FAIRBANKS — Police say an Alaska corrections officer accidentally shot his 12-year-old daughter in the leg while at a physical therapy appointment.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported  the girl was released from a hospital Tuesday after undergoing surgery.

Police Officer Doug Welborn says the girl suffered a severe flesh wound.

Initial police reports said the shooting occurred when the father removed his jacket and didn’t want other patients to see his holstered .40-caliber pistol.

But Welborn said Thursday the father also had a therapy appointment, and the shooting occurred when he removed the pistol from his hip holster as he prepared to get on a therapy table.

The bullet went through his forearm before striking his daughter.

Police have forwarded the result of their investigation to prosecutors for possible charges. The name of the corrections officer was not released.

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