Texas Officer Hurt When Flash Bang Explodes

ALICE, Texas – The commander of a South Texas police tactical squad is hospitalized after a tactical grenade exploded in his hand.

Alice police tactical commander Richard DeLeon was in critical but stable condition at Christus Spohn Hospital-Memorial in Corpus Christi after he was airlifted from the scene of the Tuesday afternoon accident. That's according to hospital spokeswoman Sherry Carr-Smith.

Alice Police Chief Daniel Bueno says the 25-year veteran of the police force was loading equipment into his squad car when a flash-bang grenade exploded in his hand. Bueno says DeLeon's hand was injured and his car damaged severely, but protective clothing prevented more serious injury.

The flash-bang grenade is used to startle and distract suspects when officers rush to subdue them.

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