Cadet charged in accidental shooting that injured 2 training academy classmates in Texas City

TEXAS CITY, Texas (KTRK) -- A charge has been filed after three cadets were injured Thursday night when a gun accidentally went off at a police academy in Texas City.

Clayton Whatley was charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon, according to jail records.

The accidental shooting happened at 7:40 p.m. at the College of the Mainland Law Enforcement Training Academy on 1200 Amburn.

Texas City police say cadet Whatley had a loaded handgun in his backpack.

During class, Whatley reached into his bag and the handgun fired, hitting two cadets in their calves.

A third cadet was grazed.

The two cadets who were shot, a man and a woman, were transported to UTMB with non life-threatening injuries.
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