‘Flash bang’ injures police officer

HARLINGEN — A police officer remains hospitalized two weeks after he was injured trying to protect members of a SWAT team during a raid.

Charles Duhamel, 30, is being treated at San Antonio Military Medical Center after suffering injuries to his right hand and arm during the March 31 incident.

A police department press release stated Duhamel “is currently receiving treatment and is doing well.”

Duhamel and the SWAT team were executing a search warrant during an investigation into an aggravated robbery when a tactical distraction device known as a flash bang landed next to another officer’s feet.

“They were getting ready to throw it in a room,” spokesman Sgt. Dave Osborne said yesterday, referring to the flash bang.

But the flash bang landed next to another officer’s feet, Osborne said.

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