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Texas City PD: Police cadet arrested after accidentally shooting fellow cadets

Clayton Wheatley, 21, is charged with unlawful carrying of weapon in an institute of higher learning, according to the Texas City police.

TEXAS CITY, Texas — A police cadet faces charges after investigators say he discharged a handgun in a police academy classroom, injuring three other cadets Thursday night.

Clayton Wheatley, 21, is charged with unlawful carrying of weapon in an institute of higher learning, according to the Texas City police.

RELATED: 3 Texas City police cadets injured in accidental shooting at academy

Investigators say Wheatley carried the loaded firearm in his backpack. When he reached into the backpack, he pulled the trigger, according to spokesman Cpl. Allen Bjerke.

Credit: Texas City PD
Cadet Clayton Whatley had a loaded handgun in his backpack, police say

Two of the injured cadets suffered gunshot wounds to the lower leg and were transported to UTMB. A third was grazed and suffered minor injuries. They were treated at the scene and released.

None of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening.

Wheatley is being held on a $5,000 bond in the Texas City Jail and is awaiting transfer to the Galveston County Jail.

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