Baltimore police trainee is shot during training

WJZ Baltimore

OWINGS MILLS, Md. Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts has suspended some training academy staff after a campus police trainee was shot in the head by an instructor on Tuesday. That trainee is now fighting to survive.

CBS Baltimore affiliate WJZ reports that one of the officers at the training exercise put his service weapon back on before going to lunch. When he returned from lunch, he did not switch out his service weapon with the simulation training weapon that they are supposed to use.

The details of the shooting are unclear. Investigators have only said that the trainee was taking part in a city police training exercise when he was somehow shot in the head with live ammunition by a city police training instructor.

The news outraged Baltimore's mayor.

"There's no acceptable explanation why live rounds were used during a training exercise. I was so angry. I was almost speechless," said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.