One person has died after an accidental shooting at a 911 dispatch center in Kentucky

By Michelle Watson and Amy Simonson, CNN

A 911 dispatcher in Kentucky has died after a gun was accidentally discharged at a dispatch center on Friday.

Kentucky State Police received a call around 1 a.m. from the Bell County Sheriff’s Department regarding two dispatchers at the Bell County 911 Center, the sheriff’s department said. in a news release.

The incident happened when two dispatchers were dealing with firearms and one of the weapons was accidentally ejected, striking 23-year-old dispatcher Kyle Garret, police said.

Garrett was taken to a medical center where he was pronounced dead by the Bell County Coroner, according to the release.

“We are deeply saddened to make this tragic announcement regarding our own loss,” the Bell County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

The two dispatches involved in the incident were “cousins ​​and close friends,” according to the sheriff’s department.

“They grew up together and shared a common interest in the casual gun trade. This is a tragedy for which you can never be prepared,” the statement read. “We are asking for prayers for Kyle and Colton’s family. We also ask that you pray for the coordinators, delegates, and first responders who work with them every day. “

According to police, protocols do not allow unsolicited personnel to bring firearms into 911 centers. “Following this incident, it was discovered that these protocols were not followed,” they added.

An autopsy will be performed and the case is still under investigation.

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