Police officer’s stepdaughter shoots self in leg

A 13-year-old girl accidentally shot herself in the leg Monday afternoon with a handgun owned by her stepfather, who is a Gilroy police officer, police said Tuesday.

At about 3 p.m. Monday, officers responded to a report of a teenage girl suffering a gunshot wound to her leg at residence in the 500 block of El Cerrito Way in Gilroy, Sgt. Royce Heath said.

Arriving officers determined the home was owned by a Gilroy police officer, according to Heath.

The girl was found with a single gunshot wound to her leg that was not considered life-threatening, he said.

Emergency crews transported her to a hospital, where she was in stable condition Monday night, Heath said.

Police have not identified the officer nor said how many years he has served with the department, according to Heath.

The handgun was not issued by the city and is believed to be the officer’s personal firearm, Heath said.

The Gilroy Police Department is investigating the shooting and the results will be forwarded to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office for review, police said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Sgt. Wes Stanford at (408) 846-0350.