Viroqua Assistant Police Chief Todd Simonson accidentally shot himself in the leg Friday while he was off duty in Richland Center, authorities said.
According to the Richland Center Police Department, Simonson was re-holstering his service weapon while seated in his personal vehicle when it discharged. The round inflicted a minor wound to Simonson’s left hand and then entered and exited his left thigh.
Simonson, 43, called authorities to report the incident about 11:40 a.m. from a parking lot on North Orange Street. He was taken to Richland Hospital, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released the same day.
Simonson was in Richland Center for a personal appointment, Viroqua Police Chief Daron Jefson said.
The incident was investigated by Richland Center authorities.