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Vidant officer injured in accidental shooting


By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

An officer with Vidant Company Police was injured after his gun accidentally discharged during a Tuesday training session outside Bethel.

The incident happened shortly after 11 a.m. at the Pitt Community Firearms Training Center, 2833 Ellen Farm Road, which is operated by Pitt Community College. It is located about six miles south of Bethel.

PCC spokeswoman Stephanie Brown said Vidant officers were undergoing recertification training when the officer apparently had an accident while removing the gun from his holster.

The weapon discharged and the individual was struck, Brown said.

Brown did not have any details about the type of injury the individual suffered but said the person was transported to Vidant Medical Center for treatment.

Brown said PCC’s Police Department is conducting an incident report investigation and no additional information was available.

Vidant Medical Center declined to provide any additional information about the incident and referred reporters to Pitt Community College.

The injured individual has been identified as David Grasha. When asked to provide a report on his condition, a Vidant Medical Center spokesman said he had no update at the time.

A Pitt County Sheriff’s Office spokesman confirmed that Grasha is a part-time deputy who has been employed with the office since August 2018, providing transportation and other activities as needed.

Vidant Company Police is the official name of the office that provides policing services for Vidant Health, a spokeswoman said.

Contact Ginger Livingston at glivingston@reflector.com or 252-329-9570.