April 05. 2017 1:25PM

Man shot in leg at Sig Sauer's Epping training facility

Union Leader Correspondent

A group of participants taking a master instructor class is practicing at one of the ranges at Sig Sauer Academy training grounds in Epping in this 2015 file photo. (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)

EPPING - A man suffered a gunshot wound to the leg Wednesday when he accidentally shot himself during firearms training at Sig Sauer Academy, police said.

Police and rescue personnel responded to the training facility at 233 Exeter Road just before noon after receiving a report of a man with a gunshot wound to his lower right calf.

Police Capt. Jason Newman said the accidental shooting happened while the man was holstering a handgun during civilian training. Initial reports were the victim is 59 years old, but Newman was unable to confirm the age.

The injured man was transported to Portsmouth Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Fire Chief Don DeAngelis said Sig Sauer has its own paramedics on hand to assist with such incidents, so the victim received immediate care.

“They do such a great job treating and packaging so they’re ready to go when we get there. Sig Sauer is very responsive with their EMS,” DeAngelis said.

The chief said there have been several such shootings at the training facility in recent years. In January 2016, a civilian student suffered an accidental gunshot wound to the leg.

Sig Sauer Academy provides firearms and tactics training and is often used by law enforcement and military personnel, but instruction also is available to civilians.