Trooper shoots himself in hand

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AUBURN – An off-duty state trooper accidentally shot himself in the hand Tuesday afternoon and was rushed to Central Maine Medical Center.

Keith Frank, a former Auburn police officer and a veteran state trooper, shot himself in the left palm as he was entering his Pownal Road home in Auburn. Frank was taking the .45-caliber handgun off his belt when it went off, Auburn Sgt. Eric Audette said.

The injury was not life-threatening.

“He was able to move all his fingers except his middle one, because that’s where he was shot,” Audette said.

Frank was taken by ambulance to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, where he was expected to undergo surgery, according to state police. He was in stable condition Tuesday night, a CMMC nursing supervisor said.

Frank served as an Auburn police officer for three years before joining the state police, Audette said. He has been with the state police for 23 years and is a former member of the department’s tactical team.

The gun was Frank’s personal weapon and was not police-issue.

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