Police officer shoots himself in the buttocks

Published On: Nov 29 2012 01:31:41 PM PST
Mercer Island police car

A Mercer Island police officer accidentally shot himself in the buttocks while on duty Thursday.

It happened while the officer was serving an arrest warrant in Shoreline in the 19200 block of Stone Ave. N., Mercer Island Police Commander Leslie Burns said.

Police had taken a man into custody and were wrapping up at the scene when the officer accidentally discharged his weapon, striking himself.

The unidentified officer was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. Burns said he is a 7-year veteran of the force.