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Officer accidentally discharges gun inside courthouse

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MIAMI (WSVN) -- The Miami-Dade Police Department is investigating after one of their officers fired off a round from his rifle inside a Miami-Dade County courthouse.

Miami-Dade Police said the officer was demonstrating an AR-15 rifle in a hallway, just outside of a courtroom, at the Lawson Thomas Courthouse, located at 175 N.W. 1st Ave. in Downtown Miami, when he accidentally fired a shot into the floor, Wednesday morning.

The bullet struck the floor by a sitting area on the 30th floor. However, many of those who were inside the building said they were unaware of what had happened. "I didn't hear it at all. I was actually on the 29th floor," said attorney Milagros Laguna. "It's shocking."

Mario Cano, who was also inside the building, said, "Wow, no, I didn't think anything happened."

No one was injured and the police department said there was no "major" property damage. "Thank God, because the thought of someone getting injured to that only makes it worse," said Romell Lagos, who was nearby.

The Miami-Dade Police Department will not comment on the incident because it's an open Internal Affairs investigation.

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