Royal duty officer 'discharged gun'

Times Series: The policeman was believed to have be guarding the home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in North Wales The policeman was believed to have be guarding the home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in North Wales

A Scotland Yard investigation has been launched after a policeman believed to be guarding the home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge accidentally discharged a gun while sitting in an unmarked car.

Nobody was injured when the officer, who was sitting in the vehicle with another policeman, let off the shot while on duty in north Wales last week.

A Met Police spokesman said: "Shortly before 1pm on Wednesday October 24 an on-duty MPS police officer unintentionally discharged a firearm while in an unmarked police vehicle.

"The round damaged the floor of the vehicle. Another on-duty officer was in the vehicle at the time of the incident. Neither officer was injured. The officers were on duty in north Wales at the time."

Both the officers are attached to Specialist Operations, the Met said.

The spokesman said the Met's Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed of the incident and the officer concerned has been removed from B firearms duty pending the outcome of inquiries.

Prince William, or Flight Lieutenant Wales as he is known in his capacity as a RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot, captains Sea King helicopters from his unit's base at RAF Valley in north Wales. A Clarence House spokesman said he could not confirm where the incident had taken place. He said: "We cannot (confirm it) because such an incident would have to be handled by the Metropolitan Police."

Police would not comment on the type of gun, but royal protection officers routinely use 9mm Glock 17 pistols.

In June 2000 a royal protection officer accidentally fired two shots on the royal train while the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were on board. No one was injured in the incident, which occurred in the early hours of the morning when the royals were asleep in another carriage.

And in November 2008 one of Tony Blair's bodyguards accidentally fired his gun as the former prime minister prepared to board a flight at Ben Gurion airport in Israel. No one was hurt in the incident, with the bullet hitting the ground.

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