UT police officer hospitalized after accidental shooting

A University of Texas police officer has been seriously injured after accidentally shooting himself.

University of Texas Police Department Chief David Carter said at a news conference that officer's gun went off and the bullet went through his left. The officer has been identified as Cory Morrison.

Morrison was reportedly speaking with two other UTPD officer who were in their patrol car when the gun went off. Chief Carter says it's unclear if the discharge was a result of mechanical or human error.

Morrison has been with UTPD since last year and has 14 years experience with law enforcement. He has been placed on administrative leave with pay.

Chief Carter says this is the first time in three years there was an unintentional accidental discharge.

Morrison was taken to the hospital. He reportedly has serious injuries but they are not life threatening.

It all began when EMS says it received a call of a gunshot victim in the 2200 block of Robert Dedman Drive just after 7:30 a.m.