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      Officer shoots self in leg in Fort Washington

      A Prince George's County police officer is in serious condition after he accidentally shot himself while responding to a fox attack.

      According to police spokeswoman Julie Parker, a woman called police just after 5 p.m. to report she had been bitten by a possibly rabid fox.

      As the fox charged, the responding officers began backing away. One of the officers fired his weapon, tripped on a step and accidentally shot himself in the leg.

      The fox was hit by one of the bullets and died.

      A police spokesperson says the officer's injuries are serious but not life-threatening.

      A routine investigation is underway.