Police Cadet Arrested After Negligently Shooting 3 Other Cadets

Former police cadet Clayton Whatley negligently shot three classmates on Thursday.

Texas City, TX – A police academy cadet has been charged after he negligently discharged a weapon in his backpack and shot three of his classmates on Thursday.

Police said that 21-year-old Clayton Whatley was attending class at Mainland Law Enforcement Training Academy on Amburn Road at about 7:40 p.m. on April 25 when the incident occurred, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Texas City police said Whatley was carrying a loaded handgun in his backpack and unintentionally discharged the weapon when he reached into the bag, KPRC reported.

The one bullet struck three of Whatley’s classmates. Two of the cadets were shot in their calves, and a third received only a graze wound.

None of the injuries were life threatening and the two cadets who were shot in the leg were transported to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston for treatment, according to KPRC.

The cadet who was only grazed by the bullet received medical treatment at the scene, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Officers took Whatley into custody immediately after the shooting.

He was arrested and charged with unlawful carrying of weapons inside an institution of higher education.

The now-former police cadet was being held in the Texas City jail in lieu of a $5,000 bond, the Houston Chronicle reported.

It was expected that Whatley will be transferred to the Galveston County Jail, according to the Spring Patch.

The Mainland Law Enforcement Training Academy offers training to police officers and deputies from multiple jurisdictions, KPRC reported.

It was not known with which department Whatley was affiliated.

Police have not yet released the names of the three cadets who were wounded during the incident.

The incident continues to be under investigation, according to the Spring Patch.

Comments (35)
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JBo
JBo

Well...that was somewhat less than impressive. Definitely wouldn't want to be his partner or let him "have my back".

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

HIGH IQ!

And i liked the joke in this article when the Police Academy was called an "institute of higher learning." No it's not. I've seen all those movies, all you guys do is goof off and go to gay bars.

lauraaz
lauraaz

Oh my!

Pack
Pack

Time to change careers!

tb0ne30
tb0ne30

Welp! Guessin he ain’t gonna be a gunslinger round these parts!!! Lmao. Sorry folks had to do it. But seriously, he’s probably in a better place now anyways. To be that f’n stupid with a loaded gun is just idiotic. Good luck with Bubba wanna be LEO.

ReserveDepty3431
ReserveDepty3431

Well here comes another uber driver.JGB

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

I guess he never heard of a holster.

qazwiz
qazwiz

while result is correct, (no longer a cadet), I'll be surprised if he remains incarcerated after conviction. everyone knows you don't store a loaded gun. there are quick loaders that make it virtually the same response time while being 100% safer. but without a serious injury or intent to commit a crime he's unlikely to even get a felony out of this.

i am surprised he possessed a gun though... didn't think they issued them to cadets except temporarily at approved firing ranges.

Sargejh
Sargejh

Sorry the 3 got hurt. But this was a blessing in disguise. Don’t need this cowboy in law enforcement.

Dark_ePoch
Dark_ePoch

All of the instructor staff need to be suspended and rotated into the worst possible assignment. This falls completely on them for tolerating the culture in which this could have occurred

69cowgirls69
69cowgirls69

I always feel there is more to these stories. We know these facts. His gun. His backpack. Loaded.3 ppl shot. How in the World, does one, reach in a backpack, and discharge a firearm? Really, how does this happen. You have to pull the trigger. Was the safety not On! Some articles just make you go, Hummmm.

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

"negligent discharge?" A loaded gun in a backpack? I am glad he's not going to be a LEO.

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

Negligent, yes. Intent no. Why charge him? Corporations like Boeing have killed hundreds of people having full knowledge of faulty equipment, and they never get charged criminally. Imagine that.

Blueberry moon
Blueberry moon

He's very lucky he didn't hurt them bad or kill them! I wounder if he has a conceal carry permit? He did so many things wrong and he can't be trusted to become a Officer!