Law enforcement officers regular face dangerous situations, but Dalworthington Gardens Police Chief Bill Waybourn didn’t expect the shooting range to be one of them. The chief was teaching a concealed handgun class when one of his students shot him in the hand. Officials in the town of 2200 agreed that the shooting came in the line of duty and OK’d workers comp. Although the class wasn’t officially a city-authorized function, town fathers decided it helped with public awareness.
That would have been the end of it, except that Waybourn is now running for sheriff and it has turned into a bit of a campaign issue. The chief had made headlines by offering free classes to teachers after a school shooting and to military personnel after an attack on service personnel in Tennessee last year. This time, though, the student was a doctor and the shooting occurred after the gun jammed. In the campaign, there were questions whether the injury was truly work-related.
No word on whether the student got a failing grade, but we can only assume.