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SDPD Officer Involved in Accidental Discharge of Firearm During Course of Police Duties: SDPD

A San Diego Police Department (SDPD) officer cleared by the District Attoreny's office in a deadly shooting last year accidentally discharged his firearm in February, SDPD confirmed to NBC 7 San Diego. 

Officer Neal "Nick" Browder's firearm accidentally discharged on Feb. 20, 2016 during the course of his police duties, SDPD Lt. Scott Wahl said. 

Police have not said where that shooting happened or other circumstances around that shooting, but the department did say the incident was investigated.

 "A thorough investigation was immediately initiated, as is our standard procedure," the statement from police read. 

In the statement, police said state law prevents them from discussing specific details related to the investigation. 

February's incident happened after the DA's office cleared Browder of criminal charges related to an April 30, 2015 shooting. The discharge happened after Browder completed a mandatory Critical Incident Stress Debriefing led by a qualified police psychologist, according to the statement. 

On April 30, 2015, Browder, a 27-year veteran cop, shot and killed unarmed Fridoon Rashawn Nehad, 42, in San Diego's Midway District.

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