WINCHESTER, Va. — The daughter of a Loudoun County Sheriff’s deputy was improving at the hospital after she was shot by her father, according to a report in the Winchester Star. The deputy shot his 16-year-old daughter early Tuesday morning while he was getting ready for work.
Frederick County Sheriff’s Capt. Donnie Lang told the Star when the deputy heard his home alarm go off at about 3:45 a.m., he went to his garage to investigate. The garage door was open.
When the deputy went inside he heard a bang and saw a figure coming toward him.
“At that particular point, he discharges his firearm and strikes the person in the torso area,” Lang told the Washington Post. “Then he hears her voice and recognizes that it’s his daughter.”
Realizing what he had done, the deputy picked up his daughter and drove to the hospital. During the drive, the deputy crashed his car into a barricade. No one was injured in the crash. Emergency crews picked up the teen and took her to the hospital.
The teenager was last listed in stable condition.
The deputy, a 13-year veteran, was placed on administrative leaving, according to the Post.