No charges sought in accidental shooting during May 30 Athol PD firearms training


No criminal charges are being sought in connection with an accidental shooting of a civilian observer during an Athol Police Department firearms training session on May 30, 2018. 

The Massachusetts State Police Detectives Unit attached to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office conducted an investigation into the incident, which revealed that the shooting was accidental in nature. 

The victim of the shooting sustained a non-life-threatening wound to his upper rear leg area, and was treated and released from a nearby hospital. 

Any further media inquiries should be directed to the Athol Police Department and the Town of Athol.