LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A trinity police officer is recovering in a Tyler hospital after a firearm discharged while on the way to a felony arrest Saturday night.
According to Trinity Police Chief Steve Jones, Officer Travis Bryan was going to help serve a warrant at a home on N. Clegg Road. Jones said while on the way, the patrol unit made a quick turn, causing a shotgun in the vehicle to shift and discharge.
"When the weapon discharged, the bullet grazed the foot of Officer Bryan," Jones said. "Officer Bryan had to have his pinky toe amputated when he arrived at the hospital."
Jones said that at this time, the department is investigating the incident.
"We are looking into three possibilities," Jones said. "We don't know if it was a mistake by the officer. We don't know if the weapon could have malfunctioned and discharged. Another possibility is that something could have got caught on the trigger when the gun shifted, causing the discharge."
Jones said that to his knowledge, this is the first work related injury that Bryan has suffered.
"Officer Bryan has been with the department for five years," Jones said. "It is an unfortunate accident that has happened. I am just grateful that Officer Bryan will be able to recover from this injury."
Bryan was on his way to help in the execution of an arrest warrant on three people believed to have stolen property.
The warrant was a joint operation between the Trinity County Sheriff's office and the Trinity Police Department.
Once on scene, Law enforcement arrested Cody Walton, Jimmy Evans and Billy Bong, all three from Trinity.
The three men are being charged with felony manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance after methamphetamine was discovered in the house. They are also being charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, after officers discovered the simulated substance known as "Bath Salts" to also be in their possession. Bond has not been set at this time.
Jones expects Officer Bryan to be released from the hospital in the next several days.