Police: Corrections officer accidentally shoots daughter

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Posted: Jan 08, 2015 5:35 PM

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Police say an Alaska corrections officer accidentally shot his 12-year-old daughter in the leg when they went for physical therapy appointments.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported (http://is.gd/17qu3l ) 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.