Birmingham police officer accidentally shoots his partner

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) -- Birmingham police officers were on patrol in north Birmingham when they observed three employees from a trucking company chasing a trespasser from their property.

The officers interrupted the chase and took guns away from the employees. While trying to remove the bullets from a gun, the officer opened the cylinder and the gun fell apart. That portion of the gun hit the ground and discharged, striking another officer in the leg.

"It was a handgun," Sgt. Johnny Williams says, "The weapon itself fell apart. It just fell apart."

The officer who was shot in the leg is being treated for his injury. No one was taken into custody.