Lino Lakes Police Officer Accidentally Shot In Coon Rapids

By Rachel Slavik, WCCO-TV and Lindsey Seavert, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The police officer, who was accidentally shot at a law enforcement gun range in Coon Rapids, Minn., has been identified.

Officer Chad Schirmers was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment. Police say he suffered non-life threatening injuries. He was conscious when the ambulance arrived and has now been upgraded to serious condition.

Officials say the Lino Lake Police Department was conducting a firearms training at the Anoka County Law Enforcement Range when 26-year-old Schirmers was struck.

The bullet apparently ricocheted and hit him in the hip, between his belt buckle and bulletproof vest.

“I’ve been doing this 23 years and I honestly don’t recall anything like this occurring before,” said Sgt. Tom Hawley of the Coon Rapids Police.

Coon Rapids Police rushed to help on the scene, but couldn’t immediately determine whether the bullet came from Schirmers’ gun or another. Hawley, who trains at the same facility, said it’s a controlled environment, where officers aren’t allowed to shoot unless instructed.

“You can’t fire until the range officer says it’s OK to shoot,” he said.

Hawley said a range officer was present and did instruct the three Lino Lakes officers on Thursday.

It was a close call for Anoka County officers, who understand the danger. They are comforted by the fact that Schirmers was alert and aware of his injury.

Schirmers is a three-year veteran of the Lino Lakes Police Department. There were three other officers at the range at the time of the shooting.

“When I got there, they were just about to load him onto the ambulance, and he was talking to his wife on his cell phone, letting her know what happened,” Hawley said. “I wish him well and hope the best for his family.”

Coon Rapids Police hope to interview Schirmers to learn more once he is well enough.

The Minnesota BCA will help investigate how exactly the accident happened.

  • Matt

    Was stopped in traffic in front of the dome with police cars blocking all the intersections. 10 units from various departments screamed by, escorting the ambulance.

    • Jenny

      This cops put their lives on the line daily to keep our communities safe. As a wife of a police officer I find these comments unbelievable. I once went on a ride along with my husband when he first started. It takes a lot of courage to do what they do. You really never know what driver is capable of when you pull someone over. I hope you encounter a time when you need a police officer’s help, and this comment you made comes to mind.

  • Mike

    Ricochet? Thank goodness this happened at a range where it will be more difficult to distort the event and the investigation.

  • Meeee

    I don’t remember them shutting down the city when I had to go to that hospital with a heart attack in process.

    • Poor Meeee

      The cop is in the hospital because he was shot in the line of duty…not because he spent the last 30 years eating bacon double cheeseburgers and drinkin beer.

      • rick

        thats funny poor meeee ….

      • successNOT

        shot in line of duty? A bullet richoted and hit him

        • Poor Meee

          Yes. He was shot. A bullet….shot from a gun….struck him….while on official duty during a training exercise (p.s., it’s “ricochet”). Back to spelling class, village idiot.

          • Big D

            Dear Poor Mee idiot, In the line of duty would mean that he was on a call when this took place… When infact it was only a training exercise… There’s a big difference…. Bieng hit by a ricochet during a training exercise is not “in the line of duty”….

  • Youuuuu

    No offense, Meeee, but you’re not a hero.

    • Andy

      Nether are 99% of cops

      • andy2

        doesnt beat the 100% of you

      • Becky

        You know, I really wonder how arrogant people can be. Anyone that puts there live in danger on a daily basis, is a sacrfiice. That is a hero in my eyes.
        The only people who usually make comments about cops like this in my opinion, are people who have had continuous run ins with the law, JUST saying……..

  • filter

    wcco stop filtering

  • Here 4 U

    He is in surgery.

  • chimp

    I live in Coon Rapids, no richocets better not hit my cat.

    • Abby

      Scary that someone in my own town can make light of a situation that really isn’t a joke, but Ohhhhh K??!!!???

  • Richard in Minneapolis

    That’s it. Let’s blame it all on Rick O’Shea.

  • Todd Luttman

    thats a horrible area for the range. compost sight behind it and the archery range just beyond the impact bunker. not to mention houses to the left of it. just stupid!

  • michelle m

    We were in our car on Hanson blvd. as the ambulance came out of the gun range and followed it to hwy 10. We were wondering who was important enough to have all traffice stopped for them along the entire route. Makes sense that it was a fellow officer.

    • Jenny

      I agree, I was really happy to see emergency services assistant someone who puts their live on the line everyday, be cared for in that regard.
      I was really proud to know he was cared for, for all the care he has given throughout his community.

  • PMH49

    I have needed both police and firefighters before and they were right there for me. If they are concerned for one of their own (who is in critical condition by the way) fine with me. I know that when I need help they will be right there for me – whether they know me or not. If you have not been in need and seen them respond, you cannot appreciate how much these folks give of themselves.

    • Jenny

      I agree! You read some of these negative posts and wonder, how these people have never had a situation where a police officer arrived and you felt a sense of relief when they arrived.

      Thank you to all the cops who serve in our communites.

  • Not Andy

    Thank you PMH49. Andy, continue being jealous that every police officer will be ten times more important and powerful than you will ever be.

    • swerver

      I respect them but its a easy degree to get, i started going to school for it, but was offered a job that paid same as 10 year vet. couldnt turn it down. No school costs, yea its labor but i like it, simple fact is of course theyre going to escort the ambulance he was shooting at a range full of cops. alot of states you can be a police officer without any school besides academy. SETTLE not andy your only as important as you think you are….

      • PMH49

        You miss the point – It is not about how easy the degree is. A lot of people with advanced degrees absolutely suck at helping others. Where I live we have Deputy Sheriffs and volunteer fire fighters. The volunteers are out at all hours doing everything from fires to accident extractions. They do flood relief and traffic control to keep their neighbors safe. The deputies do so much to keep us civilians civil you would not believe it. Do yourself a favor, swerver – do a ride along with the law enforcement people where you live. If you come away with the same attitude – fine – I bet you won’t though.

        • swerver

          I still dont get the point. they do their job they signed up for correct. Very seldom does 1 make a difference in Anoka County, but they dont bother me i dont bother them so its fine. I hope he’s fine but i dont see the heroics in this

          • PMH49

            I know you don’t have a clue – so does most everybody else.. You have made it very clear. My point is: If you need help, you should hope someone far less callous than you will get the call. If someone just like you gets the call – you’re gonna die. If that day comes for you – and I hope it never does – you had better hope for someone you currently have no respect for gets the call.

  • scott

    Chad Schimers 26 years old married for just about 3 years originally from the pierz mn area

    • mary

      My prayers to Chad and his family for a speedy recovery. Thank you for serving!

  • scott

    schirmers corrected spelling

  • rj


  • tr

    …this does not need to be reported…it is merely an accident but because “it was a shooting” and it “was a cop” leave it to the media to report it like it was something sensational… was merely an accident.

    • Jenny

      I disagree. There was a lot of news helicopters over our neighborhood for hours, with the range being walking distance from our home. There were many police sirens going off. It was nice to be informed as to what was happening in our city.

  • Andy

    I’ve been a Scout sniper ine the US Marines for 14 years and have done 2 tours in Iraq and 3 in afghanistan. Trust me nothing to be jealous about I’ve done more in a year than most of them will do in their whole career. Nice try though definitly “Not Andy”

    • Real Truth


      THANK YOU for your service to our country, and Thank You for pretecting my freedom, and the freedom for those that can’t figure it out. Semper Fi

    • mary

      wow, sad that you would talk about someone who as you qoute, ” you have done more then they will in their career”. amazing you Would be so arrogant about someone else who puts their live in the line of duty daily. Whether it be less dangerous then yours or not. It is still admirable, not less important. How can you not respect a police man in the line of work you do? That is a bit concerning.

    • Not Andy Either

      And while Andy’s off playing “army” in another country, the officers of the state are looking after his wife, kids, mother, and father…keeping them safe from the criminals we have HERE. I’m a current police officer who was also active duty and deployed. Military goons need nothing but a trigger finger and a pulse. But most of them wouldn’t pass the psych eval or the written test to become a cop. Just because you followed an order and maybe whacked a few folks doesn’t make you a hero. It means you served. Pull a suicidal off a bridge or a driver from a burning car….then you can be a hero.

      • mcmxi

        “the officers of the state are looking after his wife, kids, mother, and father…keeping them safe from the criminals we have HERE.”

        That’s funny. You know the old saying. “When seconds count, the cops are minutes away.” Cops are, for the most part, investigators and ticket writers. It’s funny how cops try to make themselves out to be modern day gunfighters. Yeah, I’ve used the services before. When my car was broke into, I called the sheriff and reported it. They came an hour later, looked at it, and left; a complete waste of time.

        Cops don’t “put their lives on the line” every day, either. I know many LEO’s, and NONE of them have ever felt their life was in jeapordy. Most cops will tell you that you should own your own firearms and be prepared to defend yourself and your family, cause they won’t be there in time.

        My line of work is a lot more dangerous than being a cop. More men have died already this year than cops will all year, guaranteed. Yet, we don’t go around demanding respect from others because of how dangerous it is.

        While I hope this guy is alright, he wasn’t shot in the line of duty. He was shot at a range, by a ricochet, probably while completing his mandatory annual certification. Let’s not make it more than it is. His life isn’t any more valuable than ours, the “civilians”.

      • mcmxi

        Also, our service members are bigger heroes than any public service in this country. You make it sound like they don’t put their lives on the line, just pull the trigger and “whack” a few folks. That’s a pretty arrogant statement.

        Man, cops are all the same. The closest thing I can figure is it’s a Napolean complex.

  • Kris

    I was at the Bunker Hills Driving range and noticed a helicopter hovering around the golf course. An employee of the course told me that someone shot a cop during a training exercise and the helicopter was up there searching for the suspect. This employee even told me they pulled the girls high school golf league off the course because of the danger…is there more to this?

  • dorsalfin

    Hey Andy says,

    being shot at by foreign nationals in their own country and being shot at by fellow Americans are two different things. at least you leave the leave the battle zone while we live in our cities for our lives and deal with people trying to shoot us. Thanks for your service, but its apples and oranges. Try working the Mexican border for more than one year at a time and see how you feel then.

    • thekhanvict

      Leave the battle zone??? When in Iraq do you leave the battle zone? The whole country is the battle zone? And sometimes (or a lot of the time) the very people you are trying to help are shooting at you. AND everyone, even a four year old could have a bomb strapped to them. You’re right that it’s comparing apples to oranges, but what police go through on a daily basis is nothing compared to an active duty marine.

      • Real Truth

        Well, yes and no. The active duty marine goes on watch and expects someone to shoot at them, the officer in Minneapolis (or suberbs) goes on duty not nessearily expecting someone to shoot at them. On one side the officer can often identify the enemy, on the other side the marine may not be able to. If you had the choice of being a marine in Iraq with a loaded rifle ready to fire walkiing up to a group of people or an officer in Lino Lakes walking up to a house responding to a domestic not knowing if anyone inside is armed which would you choose?

        Certainly not trying to belittle anything our awesome marines do every day, or saying one is easier than the other, but just asking.

        THANKS to all of you that keep us safe, wheather it be on a deseart road in Iraq, or the streets of Lino Lakes.

        Praying for Office Schirmers and his family, and continully praying for our hero’s over seas, may you all come home safe.

    • mcmxi

      Uh, working the Mexican borderr would be dealing with Mexican Nationals, not fellow Americans. Your point is moot.

  • brad

    lino cops are crooked

    • Megan

      You should be ashamed of yourself. This man puts hbis life on the line and you have nothing good to say. Better pray you never need the police. What did this guy ever do to you anyhway? I know nothing bad cause I personally know him and he’s a really nice and honest man.

      • mcmxi

        He’s probably an awesome dude, but he doesn’t put his life on the line. Very few cops will ever be in a life-threatening situation. Yeah, traffic stops can go wrong, but the tiny percentage that do don’t back up the statement. I respect the job they do, I truly do, but it annoys me how people put cops on pedestals. Do a google search on police brutality or police misconduct. There are a ton of crooked mf’ers out there hiding behind a badge.

    • Amber

      Thats a pretty serious allegation. Do you have proof to back that up?

  • Cec14160

    Anybody that talks about there service being more important than that of others is simply a hack, pathetic. 99.9% of cops do their job without the need to be recognized and go home at the end of the day being humble.

  • Megan

    You all should be ashamed if you have nothing good to say. Here’s an offcer who puts his life on the line, is a really nice guy, and was hurt in a freak accident while training to possibly same your life and you can’t just say you hope for the best for him? Are you sick? I went to school with the guy and know personally that he’s a really great guy.
    Thanks to the people with hearts sendig good wishes his way. I think you’d change your tune if he had to save your life or he was the one to show up when you needed police.
    Praying for you both, Chad and Amanda.
    With well wishes,
    A classmate

    • Jenny

      I agree Megan. I am a wife of a police officer and it is so sad to see that people could possibly not appreciate the sacrifices they make for our communities. In my opinion I feel most of the negative comments are from people who have had unfortunate run ins with that law. Not that, that makes there comments acceptable.

      Prayers to Chad and his family.. There are many of us praying for you!

  • dorsalfin

    Hey thekhanvict,

    you leave thebattlezone when your tour is up and you are rotated home. police don’t get that luxury, they are in their jurisdiction every day if their careers. so I am glad and proud if our military and a veteranmyself, but it is still not a good comparison as the military is trained to use all the force they have and police have to use incremental force. So the military vets may have seen morecombat and fired more rounds, but how would they do if their first option was to talk to the enemy before they could do anything else.

  • stillobvious

    You do realize over 85% of officers never even fire their weapon in their career, what a absolute joke you consider Iraq and Afghan easier to deal with then being a police officer in minnesota, look up the last time a officer in anoka coun ty was shot and killed on duty, im not in service , but its a ridiculous comparison, Some1 please explain to this imbusile that they don’t just walk around Iraq shooting every1

    • mcmxi

      I’m with you. It’s the “wives” and “high school buddies” of cops that say they risk their life every time they pin that badge on. Most cops fire their weapons once a year, and that’s while doing their annual certification. Everyone needs to look up statistics. Home owners and concealed-carriers are the ones that keep their families safe. Cops come after the fight and investigate. Minus the random felony-stop, their jobs are relatively boring and low-key.

      Our troops will do more for this country in one year in the sandbox than most cops will do their entire careers, that’s a fact. Without our troops, their wouldn’t be a need for cops, because our country wouldn’t be what it is. Wake up, people.



    • Jenny

      wow!!!!!!!!!!!! um, ok???
      Wondering what your “line of work” is.
      And if it involves any risk of pulling someone over who is drunk on the way home. On the same roads YOU are driving to and from work. And never knowing if pulling that drunk over, ( again to keep you and your loved ones safe, from possibly hitting and killing someone), would involve the person pulling out a gun and shotting you. Just for keeping the roads safe for you. That my arrogant friend, is always a danger of their job. They are paid to keep the communites safe, wow!!!! But really, you don’t whine about your job. I would love to know what job that is, because to this day I have never know anyone to never “whine” about their jobs. Remember this comment the day you or a loved one is helped by a police officer.

      • swerver

        Yea I can count the number of times a police officer has been shot and killed or injured by a drunk in the north metro he pulled over. 1,2,3, ok i mean 0. Being a police officer in minneaplois is 10times the job of being 1 in the suburbs, Sorry we’re not organizing parades already for this accidental shooting, just because your work 50 hours and get paid for 40 at walmart dont make you matter. Ive had 1 conversation in the last 7 years with an officer, and it was a noise complaint, the usual for the north metro, Obv. i respect their job but id rather be a suburban officer than going to iraq and afghanistan everyyear.

      • swerver

        The most dangerous part of being a officer in minnesota is being hit by a car, chk the facts, and some do a better job of aligning their vechicle when they have some1 pulled over, some just block half the road and stand on the drivers side, they could use better judgement also

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