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RIVERSIDE: County Employee Accidentally Shot During Sheriff’s Gun Training Class At Ben Clark Training Center’s Gun Range


Aug 23, 2019

Riverside County Gun Training Shooting: Riverside County Employee Accidentally Shot During Sheriff’s Gun Training Class At Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center’s Gun Range

RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA (August 23, 2019) – A Riverside County employee was shot in the leg during a Sheriff’s Department gun training class at the Ben Clark Training Center.

Riverside police are saying that the accidental shooting took place at the Ben Clark Training Center’s gun range. During the inspection a range staff member conducted a “trigger pull test” and accidentally shot the student in the leg. 

Though the victim works for the county he was completing the training course as a private citizen. Paramedics arrived at the Ben Clark Training Center and transported the victim to the hospital in order to receive treatment. 

An investigation into the accidental shooting remains ongoing at this time. 

Liability In Accidental Shootings

All companies have a legal responsibility to take measures to prevent accidents. This includes taking steps to prevent accidental shootings. According to Aftermath, “From 2006-2016, almost 6,885 people in the U.S. died from unintentional shootings. In 2016 alone, there were 495 incidents of accidental firearm deaths. Accidental gun deaths occur mainly in those under 25 years old. In 2014, 2,549 children (age 0-19) died by gunshot and an additional 13,576 were injured.” Here are just a few of the steps that should be taken in order to help prevent accidental shootings: 

  • Guns should always be treated as if they are loaded.
  • Firearms should be unloaded when not in use.
  • Guns should be properly stored when not in use. 
  • Ammunition should be stored separately from the gun. 

Accidental shootings happen for a wide variety of different reasons including inadequate training, manufacturer defects and reckless firearm handling. If an agent of the Sheriff’s Department is negligent and accidentally shoots someone the county that they work for may face civil liability. Counties and cities are generally liable for the negligence of their employees –  insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. Victims of accidental shootings can be left with a wide variety of injuries including:

  • Broken bones
  • Organ damage
  • Internal trauma 
  • Death
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Any person that is accidentally shot by an employee of the Sheriff’s Department may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can include compensation for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A personal injury attorney can investigate your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are. It doesn’t cost anything to hire an attorney and they only get paid if they are able to successfully resolve your case. 

Getting Help After A Riverside County Accidental Shooting

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to the victim of this shooting at the Ben Clark Training Center. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to investigators. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to prevent this from happening again. Someone could have easily been killed. 

If you or someone that you care about has been injured in an accidental shooting you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims get all of the medical and financial support that they deserve. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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