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Hidalgo police chief accidentally shoots himself in leg

Hidalgo Mayor Martin Cepeda said Espinoza dropped his service weapon and accidentally shot himself on Saturday. (CBS 4 News file photo)

Update:

Hidalgo City Manager Julian Gonzalez said he expects Espinoza to return to work next week.

"I just finished visiting with him and he's doing fine," Gonzalez said. "It was just one of those freak accidents."


Original story:

Hidalgo police Chief Rudy Espinoza accidentally shot himself in the leg Saturday.

Hidalgo Mayor Martin Cepeda said Espinoza dropped his service weapon and accidentally shot himself.

The accident apparently happened at Espinoza's home.

"Apparently he dropped his service weapon and it went off. And he got shot in the leg," Cepeda said.

Cepeda said Hidalgo City Manager Julian Gonzalez called him at about 5:45 p.m. and told him about the accident.

Gonzalez could not immediately comment and said he was on his way to the hospital to see Espinoza.

Check back for updates.

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