Florida

Guard shoots himself in the leg while waiting for job interview

Oscar Patterson Elementary School in Panama City.

Oscar Patterson Elementary School in Panama City.  (Google Street View)

Authorities are investigating after a part-time jail guard accidentally shot himself in the leg as he waited to interview for a janitorial job at a Florida Panhandle elementary school.

The News Herald reports that while 28-year-old Travis Anthony Holland waited in his truck on Friday, he decided to replace a spent round in his Derringer revolver before storing it in a secure compartment of the truck.

A police report says he shot himself in the thigh and was treated at a hospital.

Police initially said the incident didn't warrant criminal charges because law enforcement officers are exempt from a state law barring guns on school grounds. But the Panama City Police Department is still investigating, along with the Bay County Sheriff's Office, which runs the jail.