OSAGE — An accidental shooting involving an Osage police officer on Saturday, April 27, is under investigation by authorities.
According to Osage Mayor Steve Cooper, the officer, Brad Evans, was off-duty at the time. He is apparently responsible for shooting another man in the hand.
Police Chief Brian Wright confirmed that Hakkon Rosendahl was the man who suffered the injury and taken to the Mitchell County Regional Health Center in a personal vehicle and later released.
Evans is now on a three-day, unpaid suspension and will be required to receive additional firearm training, Wright said.
No charges are expected to be filed, Wright said.
Cooper said the gun was Evan’s personal weapon, not a service pistol.
The officer has since been put on administrative leave and the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department and Department of Criminal Investigation are investigating the incident.
“It was an unfortunate accident. He was apparently showing his weapon to a friend and it went off,” said Cooper, who said a special meeting of the Osage City Council’s personnel committee is set for today at 3:35 p.m. at the Mitchell County Sheriff’s office training room to take further action on the matter.
“While he was off-duty, police officers are held to a higher standard, and we are taking this matter seriously,” Cooper said.
Cooper said the DCI has already determined it was an accident.
David Namanny is the editor of the Mitchell County Press-News, another Lee Enterprises newspaper.