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Deputies: Guardsman in Tampa area for RNC shot accidentally

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Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 01:53 AM

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A member of the Florida National Guard providing security for the Republican National Convention shot another guardsman Thursday night in an apparent accident at a St. Petersburg hotel room, deputies said.

No charges were filled against Jeffrey A. Spurr, 26, of Bronson, for shooting the gun's owner Michael Wdowiak, 21, of Weirsdale, in the upper body and left hand, said Marianne Pasha, spokeswoman for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

The guardsmen were at the La Quinta hotel, 4999 34th St. N., at 10:22 p.m. with at least three other people, Pasha said.

Spurr was looking at the grip on Wdowiak's personal .357 revolver when it fired, hitting Wdowiak, Pasha said. No one else was hurt.

Wdowiak underwent surgery for his injury, Pasha said. His condition was not available.

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the shooting, Pasha said.

The men are members of the National Guard contingent in Ocala. They were in the Bay area helping with security for the convention in Tampa.

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