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Police: Lynchburg Officer Was Accidentally Shot by Another Officer

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Officer Gary Hilber Officer Gary Hilber
David Perry Gaines Jr. David Perry Gaines Jr.

Lynchburg, VA- Lynchburg police say the officer shot in the shoulder Wednesday night was shot by another police officer by accident.

Police have identified the injured officer as Gary Hilber.

A hospital spokesperson says he was released from Lynchburg General Hospital around 10 a.m. Thursday. He's believed to be resting at home and in good condition.

Hilber was shot while he was while executing a search warrant at the McCausland Ridge apartment complex off Langhorne Road Wednesday night. Police say Hilber was trying to arrest a man for drugs when another officer accidentally shot him.

Police are still looking for the suspect that started the chain events. They say David Perry Gaines Jr., 24, fled the scene on foot. Gaines is wanted for several drug charges and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Many of the residents had to be evacuated from their homes and some were still shaken Thursday morning.

"My prayers are with him and his family. I do hope that he recovers and is able to go back to work," said Tonesha Moon, a resident.

Police are still investigating. If you have any information, they ask that you call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900, visit the Central Virginia Crime Stoppers website to enter a web tip, or text "CVCS" plus your message to 274637.

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