A University of Texas police officer has serious injuries after accidentally shooting himself Tuesday morning, according to authorities.
A spokesperson with University of Texas Police Department said the officer shot himself just outside the UTPD building on the dock area at approximately 7:30 a.m.
At a press conference later in the morning, UTPD Chief David Carter said Officer Cory Morrison was standing next to a patrol car at the time while speaking with two other officers who were inside the vehicle.
Carter said Morrison's gun was in his holster when it shot through his leg.
Carter said Morrison has nearly one year of experience with UTPD, but has previous law enforcement and military experience. According to Austin-Travis County EMS, he is 32-years-old.
Carter said while this case is under investigation, UTPD will look into whether lessons can be learned.
"So one of things we’re obviously looking at is to find out exactly what happened. In this particular circumstance, it's unknown,” said Chief Carter, “There were at least two officers who witnessed the incident, but they were actually sitting inside the patrol car, speaking through an open passenger window so details of that are being looked into.”
Carter said this type of accidental discharge usually happens during training sessions or maintenance work, but this is the first time it has happened since his three years with UTPD.
ATCEMS said Morrison is expected to live. As of Tuesday morning, he is receiving treatment at University Medical Center Brackenridge.
As UTPD investigates the incident the officer has been placed on paid administrative leave, a standard procedure.