Officer who accidentally fired gun at school charged

New Mexico

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A police officer who fired his weapon inside a southern New Mexico middle school is facing a firearm charge.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Las Cruces officer Francisco Estrada was charged Friday with a misdemeanor count of prohibited use of a firearm.

Authorities say Estrada accidentally fired his gun Wednesday inside his office at Picacho Middle School, where he was assigned. Officials say Estrada was alone in his office and no one was struck by the discharge. The gunshot reportedly hit a wall.

The Las Cruces Police Department said Estrada has worked for the department for eight years and been a school resource officer for four. The department said he is on desk duty while an internal affairs investigation takes place.

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