READING, Pa. - Officials say a Pennsylvania deputy sheriff was wounded inside a courthouse office when his service weapon discharged while testing a new holster model.
Berks County Sheriff Eric Weaknecht says two deputies were testing the holster to see if a suspect could pull the gun's trigger when the weapon discharged Monday inside the county courthouse in Reading.
Deputy John Parsons was wounded in the leg and hospitalized in fair condition following surgery.
Weaknecht says Parsons' gun had been unloaded during the test but was reloaded as the other deputy's back was turned. He says that deputy then reached for Parson's gun not realizing the exercise was over and pulled the trigger.
No charges are planned in the case. Officials say the sheriff's department will stop using the holsters.