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Lafayette Police Officer Accidentally Shot Now Out of the Hospital

Officer Lane Butler was seriously hurt in an accidental shooting earlier this month while trying to serve a search warrant but managed to survive. 

LAFAYETTE, Ind.--A police officer in Lafayette who was accidentally shot in the back by another officer while serving an arrest warrant is out of the hospital and continues to recover. 

Officer Lane Butler was seriously hurt in the shooting, but managed to survive. 

In a post to Instagram Tuesday, the Lafayette Police Department said they are "thankful that she is recovering and can’t wait to see her back on the streets when she is fully healed."

Police say Butler and two other officers were at a home trying to serve that warrant earlier this month. 

While searching the home,  police say Officer Kurt Sink told Butler to keep an eye on a large caged dog. 

Officer Aaron Wright then entered the apartment third and the moment he approached the dog cage, the dog knocked down the cage door and got out, police say. 

That's when Wright reached for the cage, turned, and accidentally fired a gunshot, which hit Butler. 

Lafayette Police Department Chief Patrick Flannelly said Wright has taken responsibility for his actions and his devastated. He will not be fired or suspended. 

Wright, Butler, and Sink all had body cameras at the time of the shooting. A review board looked at the cameras and determined that the shooting was accidental and not an act of negligence. 

 

(PHOTO: Lafayette Police Department Instagram)  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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