RCSO Deputy Accidentally Fires Gun; No One Hurt

Oops! A Richmond County deputy accidentally fired his weapon Wednesday morning while responding to a domestic dispute at River Glen Apartments, according to a press release.

No one was harmed.

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In the accidental shooting, the deputy’s name is being withheld. The deputy had his weapon drawn while clearing the apartment building for officer safety and the general safety of the public, sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Shane McDaniel Sr. said in a press release.

According to Sgt. McDaniel, “Once the sheriff’s deputy rendered the apartment building safe, he attempted to holster his weapon. In doing this, the butt of the weapon was caught in his jacket while he holstered. Not knowing that the butt of his weapon was caught in his jacket, the sheriff’s deputy attempted to holster the weapon, which resulted in one single round being shot from his weapon. The projectile struck the cement floor located outside of the apartments.”

Internal Affairs officers went to the scene and rendered the area safe. A thorough investigation was conducted, which consisted of detailed statements being collected from residents and eyewitnesses of River Glen, who identified this incident as an accident, Sgt. McDaniel said.

“It was learned that there was neither injuries nor any property damage as a result of this accidental discharge,” Sgt. McDaniel said.