VARDEN - A school resource officer at Western Wayne High School is suspended after accidentally discharging his firearm while cleaning it, according to officials.

Paul Semler, a retired state police trooper, has been suspended indefinitely after the incident happened in his office at the school at about 11 a.m. Wednesday. No one was injured in the shooting.

"It's bizarre and unreal," said school board member A.J. Gaudenzi on Thursday, referring to why an officer would be cleaning a loaded gun in his office during work hours.

The district superintendent, Clay LaCoe, who imposed the suspension, said he could not comment because the issue is a personnel matter and is under investigation by the Wayne County district attorney's office.

School board members Donald McDonough and David Lindow said they believed Semler was suspended without pay.

The district contacted state police, who in turn contacted the district attorney's office.

District Attorney Janine Edwards said Thursday she could not discuss specifics of the incident since it is under investigation.

The prosecutor said she expects the investigation to be handled expeditiously.

Multiple school board members said that while they could not divulge specifics regarding the shooting, they are alarmed by it.

"This situation should not have happened. It could have been prevented," Gaudenzi said, adding that he was glad no one was hurt.

McDonough said the shooting was unfortunate and "we are very happy no one was hurt."

It was unclear what caliber the gun was or where the spent bullet came to rest.

School board member David Lindow said, "I am eager to get to the bottom of it," but he didn't want to "jump to conclusions" and wanted to wait until the investigation is concluded.

Other school board members either could not be reached or referred questions to the superintendent.

Semler, who spent time as a trooper at the Honesdale barracks, could not be reached for comment.

A person investigated in such an incident could face charges including reckless endangerment.

No other information could be obtained Thursday.