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Hebron village president shoots himself in ankle

HEBRON – Hebron’s village president, who is also a McCullom Lake police officer, has been released from the hospital and is resting at home after accidentally shooting himself in the left ankle.

The gun “wasn’t in the proper holster,” Frank Beatty said. “Every gun accident can be prevented if you follow the safety rules. I, unfortunately, did not. It should have been in a holster.”

Hebron police were dispatched to Beatty’s home just before 6 p.m. Monday; the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office was called to assist, Undersheriff Andrew Zinke said.

Zinke said Beatty had the handgun in his pants and when he undressed, the gun fell out, hit the floor and discharged, striking him in the left ankle.

“Evidence at the scene was concurrent with statements that were made,” Zinke said. “The bullet was at a low trajectory, like it had been shot at a low angle, and the bullet was recovered in a floorboard.”

There were no other people home at the time, and Beatty’s dog, Jake, was not injured.

Beatty said he called police, but eventually drove himself to Rockford Memorial Hospital. The bullet from the .32-caliber semi-automatic handgun, his off-duty weapon, went through the ankle and did not require surgery.

At home Tuesday afternoon, Beatty was elevating the leg, the lower half wrapped in an Ace bandage. He said he expects to be back to work in about a week and will be performing desk duty.

“I would like to stress to everybody the proper handling of weapons,” he said. “I did not and now I have to suffer the consequences. I take the total blame on myself.”

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