Walla Walla County Sheriff's deputy off force after accidental discharge

City police report a deputy with just a few days on the job fired his weapon inadvertently at home. No injuries were reported.

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WALLA WALLA -- A Walla Walla County Sheriff's deputy with just a few days on the job has left the force after accidentally firing his gun at his residence, authorities said.

The deputy, Michael Akers, 48, who lives in the 600 block of Wellington Avenue, was apparently handling his gun June 4 about 9 p.m. when it discharged a round, said Walla Walla police Officer Tim Bennett, the department's spokesman.

Bennett said Akers appears to have had an empty magazine in the gun, but didn't realize there was a round in the chamber. Bennett said Akers believed the round got stuck in the floorboards, but the bullet in fact went through the apartment's floor and through the ceiling of a lower apartment unit. The bullet came to rest in the lower apartment, bouncing off a desk; no one was injured, Bennett said.

Walla Walla County Sheriff Mike Humphreys said Akers was indeed new to the force, and had gone through firearms training the day of the shooting. Humphreys described the discharge as accidental and unfortunate, but said Akers was no longer employed by the Sheriff's Office.

"He doesn't work here anymore," he said.

Maria P. Gonzalez can be reached at mariagonzalez@wwub.com or 526-8317. Check out her blog at blogs.ublabs.org/schoolhousemissives.

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