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Corrections officer accidentally shoots colleague, police say

VASSALBORO, Maine -- State police in Maine say they are investigating the accidental shooting of a corrections officer by a fellow officer while they were at police academy for a training program.

Police say the shooting wounded 33-year-old Matthew Morrison, of Mars Hill. He was taken by ambulance to MaineGeneral in Augusta and then flown by the Lifeflight helicopter to Maine Medical, according to CBS affiliate WAGM-TV.

He's being treated for a gunshot wound to the leg.

Police say 24-year-old Cumberland County corrections officer Matthew Begner shot Morrison. Police say the shooting took place inside a pickup truck owned by a third officer, 25-year-old Cody Gillis, of Brunswick.

Police say the 9mm gun is owned by Gillis.

The shooting took place as the three men were leaving the academy grounds for the evening around 8 p.m. The gun had been stored in the console of Gillis' truck.

The director of the academy says he will also review the shooting and is awaiting the final investigative report from Maine State Police.

The Kennebec County District Attorney's Office will also receive a copy of that report, the station reports.

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