Police officer shot during training remains in induced coma

Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 08:46 PM.

 “It’s that tragic, that simple,” she said, adding that no final conclusions would be made until the SBI finished its investigation.

Flanagan said the officer who accidentally shot her nephew visited Hardin Wednesday night, and they are close friends.

 “He was devastated,” she said, stating that Hardin’s mom and the whole family has an “enormous amount of empathy” for him.

The officer’s name has not been released.

Flanagan said her nephew, who will turn 23 on Nov. 10, has been on the Morehead City Police Department, his first job, for about two years.

“As long as I’ve known, he’s always wanted to be a police officer,” Flanagan said.

She said he trained for the job in Greenville and was offered a job in Havelock, his hometown, and Morehead City.

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