11:30 a.m. UPDATE:
According to Craig McDaniel, president of GNTC:
The cadet was in engaged in a supervised shooting exercise at the GNTC firing range in Calhoun.
McDaniel visited the student at Gordon Hospital where the cadet told him when he went remove his weapon from his holster; he must have put one of his fingers on the trigger.
The weapon that discharged was a 40 caliber Glock.
The bullet had entered the top of the student’s right calf and exited at the ankle, and was found in the student’s boot when it was removed by paramedics.
Two investigators from the Calhoun Police Department, Tony Pyle and Kevin Sutton, arrived at the hospital at approximately 9:30 p.m. and spoke with the student and those of us from Georgia Northwestern Technical College as a part of their investigation.
There were a total of 17 students at the range with the three instructors, but only six students are allowed on the firing range at any one time.
"I view this as an unfortunate accident that occurred during a well supervised, closely monitored training exercise," said McDaniel.
The two investigators from the Calhoun Police Department will notify the college once their investigation is completed.
A Georgia Northwestern Technical College police cadet accidentally shot himself in the leg last night.
According to Calhoun Police Department Det. Lt. Tony Pyle:
The event took place during training at a firing range GNTC uses, when the cadet drew his weapon and accidentally shot himself in calf.
The bullet then went through his calf and into his heel.
E-911 received the called at 8:16 p.m. last night from GNTC requesting an ambulance.
The cadet was then transferred to Gordon Hospital for treatment, where he still remains.
Calhoun Times will continue to update this story throughout the day with new information.