Police: Officer accidentally shot at Central Texas park

Posted at 10:17 PM, May 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-31 15:19:58-04

A Central Texas officer was recovering after his weapon accidentally discharged at MLK Park in Marlin Sunday night.

Marlin Police Chief Damien Eaglin confirmed Tuesday afternoon that a Marlin police officer was running to assist Eaglin with an arrest at the park when the officer's smaller secondary weapon discharged.

The officer was shot in the leg. Eaglin said the officer did not draw his weapon at all. The officer was expected to be okay and was recovering at home on Tuesday.

Police said there was a gathering at MLK Park Sunday night, where more than 400 people attended. Police had planned to be in the area to make sure everything was okay.

While officers were at the park, they served a warrant for a man who had a history of shooting at public park. Eaglin said that man was not the person who shot the officer.

The suspect they were serving the warrant for was taken into custody.

Several other agencies were called to the scene, including the DPS, the McLennan County Sheriff's Department, Texas Game Wardens, Rosebud PD and the Falls County Sheriff's Department.

Eaglin said the other agencies were called in out of precaution. After serving the warrant, there were individuals who were upset and started throwing bottles at the officers.

"We're going to act when prompted to. We're not going to allow anybody to destroy events by shooting at a park. It's unnecessary. It's not something that's going to happen in the city of Marlin," Eaglin said.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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