An Atlantic City, NJ police officer died early Thursday morning after he accidentally shot himself in the face while attempting to install a rubber grip onto the handle of his service pistol.
Officials say 31-year-old officer Kevin Wilkins was on duty inside his patrol car at Kentucky and Baltic Avenues around 1:20am when he was killed by the single gunshot wound.
Investigators says Wilkns removed the ammunition clip from the gun but did not clear the chamber.
The 2˝-year veteran was pronounced dead at the scene. Funeral arrangements were pending.