- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The criminal case against a firearms instructor injured during a target explosion at a Washington County training location has been dropped due to unclear witness statements.

The Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/MAz5ZP ) 42-year-old Scott Turner was originally charged with reckless endangerment, but prosecutors didn’t move forward with the case Tuesday. Instead, Turner pleaded no contest to a violation related to using an exploding target during fire season and was fined $435.

Turner had been hit by shrapnel Aug. 15 after Tannerite, an exploding target, was placed inside a car and struck by a bullet. Turner, who had been teaching a firearms course at the time, says he doesn’t know how the Tannerite got there.

Prosecutors were unable to determine who shot at the vehicle and who placed the Tannerite in the vehicle.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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