Instructor Charged In Ohio Gun Class Shooting

A firearms instructor faces misdemeanor charges for accidentally firing his weapon during a class.(Photo: flickr.com)
A firearms instructor faces misdemeanor charges for accidentally firing his weapon during a class.(Photo: flickr.com)

A central Ohio instructor who accidentally shot an adult student in the arm during a concealed-carry firearms class has been charged with misdemeanor negligent assault.

A special prosecutor earlier determined 74-year-old Terry Dunlap Sr. should not be charged with any felony for the August shooting during a demonstration near Lancaster.

The Violet Township trustee says he didn’t know about the misdemeanor charge filed in Fairfield County Municipal Court, and he declined to comment. Court records listed no attorney for him, and he didn’t immediately return a call Tuesday.

Dunlap was certified to teach such classes. He said he would not teach for at least a year after the shooting under an agreement with the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission.

Dunlap’s arraignment is scheduled April 1.

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