INDIANAPOLIS - Lawrence police are blaming bad bullets for the temporary shutdown of their practice range after a second officer was injured in a shooting mishap this week.
On Friday, the department closed its facility on the 9500 block of East 59th Street after a second mishap involving their .40 caliber Glock 22 service guns.
The city of Lawrence said it believes the problem stems from a batch of RWS Cooper Matrix NTF bullets.
That ammunition is lead-free, and the department says, per federal workplace rules, they are to use that type of bullet in training.
"These are bullets that are used specifically in the training facility," said Thomas Cook, deputy chief of staff for the city of Lawrence. "They're specially designed for the target practice. The officers go in for their regular qualifications, and they're used for that purpose only. This has no effect on our beat cops out there on the street."
Both injuries occurred when the bullets apparently caused officers' guns to malfunction and break apart, causing burns to the hands, according to Cook.
Cook said the department has removed all of the practice range bullets from its circulation, and that the officer injured on Friday was released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
GALLERY: Top 20 U.S. Cities for Job Growth
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its preliminary job estimates for August 2014, and three Indiana cities are positioned to be…
No alt. theories allowed in trial on 4 deaths
A judge is blocking testimony about other possible suspects during the trial of a man charged with killing four people in a southern Indiana home.
Big Christmas display staying dark this year
A Christmas display with perhaps three-quarters of a million lights isn't going up this year as the rural Indiana property owner recovers…
10-digit dialing date set for Southern Indiana
Starting Feb. 7, those living in what is now the 812 area code of Southern Indiana will have to use 10 digits each time they make a call.
'Nuisance' coyotes leave Greenwood man on alert
Nearly every day, a Center Grove-area resident sees a coyote in his yard or driveway.
Indiana scooter drivers facing new regulations
State officials are warning motor scooter drivers that starting in January they'll need license plates on those bikes.