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Lexington police officer fired after accidentally shooting another person while off-duty

Lexington Police Investigating Shooting
Posted at 5:16 PM, Aug 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-13 17:16:09-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A probationary officer with the Lexington Police Department has been fired after accidentally shooting someone with his personally-owned handgun while off-duty.

Police say on Sunday, August 9, Officer Nickolas Edge self-reported an incident that occurred earlier that day when he accidentally discharged the gun. The round hit a person, who injured their finger.

On Tuesday, August 11, Edge returned to duty, his first shift since the incident. Police say he was immediately terminated by Chief Lawrence Weathers.

Edge was a probationary employee and was employed since April 2019. Lexington Police have been in contact with the injured individual, and no charges are expected at this time.