PITTSFIELD TWP OH April 25 2017 – A Rocky River police officer was taken to the hospital Monday following a shooting range accident at the Lorain County Joint Vocational School.
The incident took place during a law enforcement training exercise at the school, but did not involve any JVS students or staff.
School spokeswoman Betty Halliburton said the shooting range, located about a mile from the main building on the more than 30-acre campus, is only used by law enforcement for training. LifeFlight took the officer involved to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.
The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident.
“We offer the shooting range as a community service to members of law enforcement,” Halliburton said. “We already had that component on our campus and with no one using it we made the facility available to law enforcement for training.”
Halliburton said the school converted to a more comprehensive public safety program about three years ago and the shooting range was no longer required of students. The program prepares students for jobs as police dispatchers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians.
Halliburton said at no time are students near the shooting range and it is not open to the public. The property is under 24-hour security including two on-campus security guards during school hours. There is also a resource officer from the Sheriff’s Office.
“At all times, safety and security is a major concern for our district,” she said.