Doral

Cop shot during firearm exercise that wasn’t supposed to have live ammo, police say

A Doral police sergeant conducting a firearms exercise at a training facility was accidentally shot in the upper torso Wednesday morning during an exercise that was not supposed to include live ammunition.

Uniform Patrol Sgt. Eric Fernandez was listed in serious, but stable condition, according to Doral police Wednesday evening.

It wasn’t immediately clear who shot Fernandez, an officer for 11 years and a field training sergeant, or even how the accident happened. The investigation is being handled by Miami-Dade police.

“We have more questions than you do,” Doral police spokesman Rey Valdes said Wednesday afternoon as he headed for Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

The shooting happened just after 9:30 a.m. at the Miami-Dade Public Training Institute at 9601 NW 58th Ave. in Doral. Though the facility is owned and operated by Miami-Dade police, only Doral cops were taking part in Wednesday’s exercise when the accident occurred, Valdes said.

The facility, which includes live shooter exercises, has a small enclosed fake town with street and store names that police use as practice for live situations. It’s often used by various policing agencies throughout Miami-Dade.

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Scene at Miami-Dade police training headquarters where a Doral police officer was shot during a training exercise on Wednesday. Courtesy WSVN-Channel 7

This is breaking news story will be updated as more is available.

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