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Saint Patrick School

Saint Patrick School in South Middleton Township

A parent “accidentally fired” a gun Monday evening at Saint Patrick School, injuring himself, according to a statement from the school.

According to an email sent to parents, the incident occurred at 6 p.m. There was a back-to-school night for elementary school parents that evening at Saint Patrick School in South Middleton Township, a school official said.

“(O)ne of our parents who is a corrections officer accidentally discharged his licensed service weapon in our parking lot, injuring himself,” the email states.

The injury to the parent was not life-threatening, the email said. The email also thanked first responders for their assistance and asked for prayers for the injured parent.

The school referred questions on the incident to the Diocese of Harrisburg. A diocese spokeswoman issued the following statement Wednesday afternoon:

“A parent of Saint Patrick School, who is a corrections officer, accidentally discharged his licensed service weapon in the parking lot on Monday night, causing a non-life-threatening injury to himself.

Pennsylvania State Police were immediately notified and are investigating. Saint Patrick Catholic School is committed to providing a safe environment for all our students.”

A state police spokeswoman said Wednesday she did not have any information to release about the incident.

Editor’s Note: This story was updated at 1:55 p.m. Wednesday to reflect the correct day the incident took place.

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Daniel Walmer covers public safety for The Sentinel. You can reach him by email at dwalmer@cumberlink.com or by phone at 717-218-0021.