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Details of Shooting Incident Involving Two Lewiston Officers Are Sealed 'As Private Work-Related Issue'

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The attorney for the city of Lewiston has denied two public records requests from the Lewiston Tribune seeking more information about what happened Oct. 21, when two officers were rushed to a local hospital after being shot during a training session.

The only statement from the Lewiston Police Department on the day after the shooting was that two officers received injuries to their hands when a weapon was fired during a SWAT training exercise at LPD headquarters. 

Now the Tribune reports details of the incident have been put into the officers' personnel files but "will remain sealed from scrutiny."

According to Lewiston Police Chief Chris Ankeny, although the discharge of a weapon involved two city employees in a public building, "it will be regarded as a private work-related issue."

Meanwhile, Lewiston City Manager Jim Bennett said the matter is exempt from disclosure under federal and state law, "and per state code, releasing the information requested would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy."