FREDERICK COUNTY, Va. — A Virginia sheriff’s deputy mistakenly shot his 16-year-old daughter as she sneaked back into their home, thinking she was an intruder, according to WHAG.
Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputy Easton McDonald accidentally shot his daughter around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday.
McDonald’s alarm system indicated the door of the garage had been opened and he grabbed a handgun to investigate.
Seeing a dark figure approaching him, he fired.
McDonald thought his daughter was asleep upstairs, but she had slipped out of the house earlier in the night.
After alerting 911, the deputy then crashed his car while racing her to the hospital. Emergency responders finished transporting her to a local hospital for treatment.
The teen was struck once in the torso and was listed in stable condition as of Thursday.
McDonald is under administrative leave pending an internal investigation.