Spotsylvania County authorities said a 13-year-old girl was accidentally shot over the weekend by her father, a Spotsylvania sheriff’s deputy, who was cleaning a gun.
According to Capt. Jeff Pearce of the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, the shooting occurred around 8 p.m. Saturday in the courthouse area of the county.
He said the part-time deputy, who was hired by the department about two weeks ago, was attempting to clean a personal weapon at his home when it accidentally discharged and struck his teenage daughter.
She suffered a flesh wound, but was not seriously injured, Pearce said.
“She was kept overnight for observation and was treated and released the next day,” he said. “She’s at home now.”
Pearce said that although it appears to be an accident, an internal and criminal investigation has been started and appropriate action will be taken by the sheriff.
The deputy, who was not named, is also an employee at the Rappahannock Regional Jail, Pearce said.