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NY Range Safety Officer Killed by Negligent Discharge During USPSA Competition

From the Associated Press:

A 67-year-old man was killed by an “accidental discharge of a firearm” at a western New York gun club, authorities said.

Deputies were called to the Genesee Conservation League in Penfield at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said.

Sgt. Ken Weber told the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester that the man was shot at the club’s indoor range. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not released.

Wayne Cichetti, the president of the club’s board, said in a statement that the man was a member of the club and a certified range officer. Cichetti said the man was serving as a safety officer in a United States Practical Shooting Association competition and was struck with an accidental discharge from a competitor’s gun.

“Since the League’s formation in 1925, safety has always been our most important priority,” Cichetti said. “This is an extremely unfortunate accident and we are grieving the loss of a devoted member and friend.”

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