TOLCHESTER — A veteran officer with the Kent County Sheriff’s Office was treated at an area hospital for a gunshot wound to the thigh that was suffered during a training exercise Tuesday.
Sheriff John F. Price IV identified the officer as Sgt. Scott M. Duhamell, who has 15 years with the KCSO and is a certified firearms instructor.
“The preliminary information at this time indicates it was totally accidental,” Price wrote in a text message Wednesday morning, Oct. 14.
Price described Duhamell’s injury as “very minor,” and said Duhamell would be able to return to full duty when he is medically cleared by his physician.
Meantime, the sheriff’s office will conduct an administrative review of the incident to make sure there were no violations of policy or procedures. This will take 10 to 14 days, Price said Wednesday.
This incident is different from an officer-involved shooting, Price said, and will be handled administratively.
On Tuesday, Duhamell and five others from the KCSO were undergoing the first day of their annual firearms training at county-owned property near Tolchester that is used as a firing range, according to Price.
The annual training, which is required by the Maryland Police Training Commission, was being done under the supervision of a certified firearms instructor, Price said.
According to the preliminary information, Duhamell’s service weapon, a 9mm semi-automatic, accidentally discharged when Duhamell went to holster the gun.
Duhamell is a plainclothes officer and wears his holster under his shirt.
Price said he was told the gun discharged after it “got hung up in” Duhamell’s shirt.
DFC Parker Hudson, who also was participating in the firearms training, rendered medical aid on the scene, according to Price. Hudson was a medic in the U.S. Army before joining the sheriff’s office in 2017 and, like all KCSO deputies, has successfully completed a Stop The Bleed course.
Deputies transported Duhamell to the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, where he was treated and released.