RIVERSIDE — A deputy with the Riverside County Sheriff Department accidentally shot himself in the leg at a gun range earlier this month, officials said.

The accident happened Sept. 3 but the department didn’t publicly announce the shooting until it responded to an inquiry by the Riverside Press-Enterprise on Wednesday.

The deputy fired one round while the gun was still in the holster, and the bullet entered his leg, said Sgt. Deanna Pecoraro, a department spokeswoman.

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