Spokane City employee accidentally fires gun at work, put on paid leave

Spokane City employee accidentally fires gun at work, put on paid leave

The City of Spokane is investigating how an employee accidentally fired a gun at work.

The incident happened Tuesday afternoon at the Riverside Park Water Reclamation Facility. Workers called Spokane Police after hearing a gunshot inside a secured building. No injuries were reported.

The employee, who has not been identified, was placed on paid administrative leave as the city’s human resources department investigates the incident.

A Spokane city employee who brought a gun to work is now on paid administrative leave. The weapon accidentally discharged inside a secure area of the city’s water reclamation facility. Full story at 11 on #KXLY. pic.twitter.com/9RK5CmYZMl

— Kyle Simchuk (@KyleKXLY) January 12, 2019

“Safety of our employees, for so many reasons, is our top concern especially in our industrial type facilities where many things can go wrong just by the nature of the work they do,” said city spokeswoman Marlene Feist.

City employees who posses a concealed carry permit are allowed to bring firearms to work but they first need approval from the city administrator, Feist said.

It’s unclear if the employee who accidentally discharged the weapon had the proper permits and permission. Feist said the city’s investigation will likely take a couple of weeks.

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