2 jail deputies wounded in off-duty gun-cleaning accident

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Posted: Feb 21, 2017 9:17 AM

HILTON, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities in western New York say two county jail deputies are recovering from gunshot injuries suffered in an off-duty gun-cleaning accident.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says Dale Fair and Robert Thorpe had stripped and cleaned Fair's personal weapon early Sunday morning in a home in the village of Hilton, near Rochester.

The gun was reloaded after the cleaning. Officials say the weapon fell, and when Fair tried to catch it he accidentally discharged the weapon. The bullet hit his hand and leg, and a fragment hit Thorpe in the lower leg.

Both men were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester for treatment of injuries that aren't considered life-threatening.

An investigation is underway. No criminal charges have been filed.