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Accidental Shooting On West Elementary School Playground Results In Felony Charge

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Former Police Officer, Mayoral Candidate Who Shot Himself In Leg At West Elementary Is A Firearms Instructor

By Joe Foreman, Editor

A Glenwood man who accidentally shot himself in the leg on the playground parking lot at West Elementary School Friday afternoon has been charged with carrying a weapon on school grounds, a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a fine of between $750-$7,500.

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Trent Good, a former police officer, 2013 Glenwood mayoral candidate and certified firearms instructor, sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the leg shortly before 3:30 p.m. while waiting in a vehicle for one of his children. He was transported by Glenwood Rescue to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha where he was treated for non life-threatening injuries.

The incident occurred after West students had been released from classes. A handful of children and parents making after-school pickups were on the playground when the shooting took place, but students who ride buses home had already left the premises, according to Glenwood Community School District Superintendent Devin Embray.
Embray said school employees didn’t become aware of the incident until rescue and law enforcement personnel came to the scene. Good notified the Mills County 911 Communications Center of his injury through a call from a cellular telephone.

Good shot himself with a 9mm handgun. Investigators said Good told them he didn’t realize the gun was in his vehicle until he got to the school. He said he was attempting to move the gun to a safer place in the vehicle when it discharged.
No one else was injured in the incident. A child appearing to be 2 or 3 years old was removed from a child safety seat in the back seat of the vehicle by Glenwood police officers.

As a firearms instructor for Men In Blue, a firm he founded, Good provides gun-handling instruction to individuals seeking a permit to carry.

Good is scheduled to make a court appearance on Feb. 11.

Presently, only on-duty law enforcement officers who are part of a contractual program with the district can bring a firearm onto school property in Glenwood.

“We have not authorized anybody to bring a gun onto school property outside of a program or partnership we work with already,” Embray said. “We have a partnership with the state patrol on a drug awareness program, so the state patrol carries a gun onto school property and we have a partnership program with the police department with our truancy program. Those officers can carry a gun onto school property, but as far any off-duty police or law enforcement officer, we have not granted any permission for that.”

Friday’s shooting was the second incident in six weeks involving a gun being illegally brought onto school district property in Glenwood.

In December, 66-year-old Lyle Hillhouse was arrested carrying a 12-gauge shotgun near the middle school while classes were in session. Hillhouse told arresting officers he was out hunting squirrels. He was charged with carrying a weapon on school grounds.

Embray said the two incidents could result in more signage being posted on district property to remind citizens that it’s unlawful to bring a weapon onto school grounds.

“I guess I would have to say that there’s probably more people with concealed firearm permits that don’t realize that school property is a gun-free zone,” Embray said.  “I’m going to get a message out to all parents updating them on the situation, plus kind of explaining what the Iowa Code says right now.”