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Private training instructor injured in firearm incident

A firearms instructor was injured during a private training exercise at a Washington County facility Saturday.

The victim is Scott Turner, 42, of Albany. He was taken by Life Flight to OHSU with multiple life threatening injuries.

According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, at 6:00 p.m. on Aug. 15, deputies responded to the Joint Regional Operation Center (JROC) a private training facility 72000 N.W. Cochran Road in the community of Timber.

When the deputies arrived, they learned that a group of ex-military and ex-law enforcement personnel had rented the facility and were conducting firearms training involving the use of Tannerite, which is an explosive.

The training exercise involved several scenarios that included shooting the Tannerite, which explodes upon being struck by a bullet. In one scenario, The tannerite was placed behind a car door. When the Tannerite was struck and exploded, shrapnel from the car door hit the Turner.

Medical personnel treated Turner at the scene before he was transported to OHSU.

Although deputies believe this to be a training accident, the investigation is on-going.