Child's Condition 'Guarded' After
|Loudon County Officer Accidentally Shoots Daughter By
NEWS SENTINEL STAFF
April 8, 2007
A Loudon County Sheriff’s Office reserve officer accidentally shot his 5-year-old daughter Sunday night, authorities said.
According to a press release issued by Chief Daryl H. Smith, reserve officer James Michael Powers said he was preparing his duty weapon for inspection about 9 p.m. when it discharged, wounding his daughter in the abdomen.
After the shooting, Powers personally drove the girl to the emergency room at Fort Loudoun Medical Center, the release stated.
The girl was treated and airlifted from there to the University of Tennessee Medical Center’s trauma unit.
UT Medical Center officials could not provide a condition on the girl late Sunday night.
Powers, who joined the sheriff’s office in January, received at least 40 hours of training, which included firearms safety and range qualification, the release stated.
Loudon County Sheriff Tim Guider has asked District Attorney General Russell Johnson for assistance from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in the case, the release said.