Deputy injured during firearm maintenance in Vero Beach

Indian River County Sheriff's Deputy shoots himself in the hand while cleaning weapon at Vero Beach High School.
Indian River County Sheriff's Deputy shoots himself in the hand while cleaning weapon at Vero Beach High School.

VERO BEACH, Florida – On Friday morning, an Indian River County Sheriff’s Deputy was injured while attempting to clear his weapon.

The firearm discharged into his hand with the bullet striking him between his ring and middle fingers. The incident happened at the Vero Beach High School, where training was scheduled for the day.

Supervisors and other staff had not yet arrived on scene, however other deputies were present.

Deputies on scene provided immediate first aid, applying a tourniquet and gauze until EMS arrived. The deputy was transported to Indian River Medical Center for treatment of this non-life threatening injury.

No students were on campus at the time of this incident. The projectile was recovered and did not cause any damage to the school.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges grew up in Jupiter, Florida where he began his career in radio and TV broadcasting for over 12 years. He would make a career change to computer programming. Andy spent seven years working for tech companies in Atlanta before moving to Indian River County in 2002. He returned to the news sector in 2005 as a writer. Andy joined Sebastian Daily in 2016 as our editor in chief.
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