A sheriff’s department is thankful one of their own is okay after getting hurt during a training exercise.
An Osceola County sheriff’s deputy is out of the hospital after getting hit with shrapnel.
It happened during a training exercise.
The sheriff’s department was live-fire training at their shooting range in Leroy.
"You don’t think about the danger, because we’ve done it so many times. But it puts it into a new perspective," said Undersheriff Justin Halladay.
It was business as usual during training for the Osceola County Sheriff’s Department, shooting and moving from cover to cover. Until one of their deputies started bleeding.
"He was around this area from what I remember he was trans versing towards the target when he didn’t even really know he got injured. He said he felt something kind of hit him kind of felt it but kept going as he’s always been trained," Halladay said.
Shrapnel hit the deputy, which the sheriff’s department believes came from either his bullet or the thin metal pole holding up their targets.
"Then we moved into a whole other training our medical training. And it went without a hitch. The personnel who were here at the time the range officers, deputies, they all went right in to helping him," Halladay said.
The deputy is OK.
While state police look into what happened, the sheriff’s department is looking at using different materials to make sure this doesn’t happen again.
"It’s a learning lesson and thankfully someone wasn’t injured more thank goodness he wasn’t critically injured or a fatality and we just kind of take this and give them all hugs and move on," Halladay said.
That deputy was released from the hospital, after being taken for non life threatening injuries.