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PCSO investigation shows deputy injury caused by malfunction of his backup weapon

Maggie Fraser
Thursday, November 15, 2018

An “extensive investigation” into the incident in which a Parker County sheriff’s deputy was shot in the foot while responding to a trespassing call revealed the injury was caused by the deputy’s malfunctioning “secured backup weapon,” Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said in a news release.

“This investigation has led us down several avenues,” Fowler said. “This incident was not an accidental discharge. It was a weapons malfunction from a concealed backup weapon which was secured and holstered on his person.”

The weapon will be sent to the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory for ballistics and weapons functionality testing.

Though the case is still under investigation, Fowler said he would like to thank Fort Worth police for their assistance in the investigation of this case, which located the bullet on Nov. 15 at the scene.

Around 5 p.m. on Nov. 12 PCSO answered a trespassing call from a homeowner in the 400 block of Cattlebaron Drive, who said an unknown person was on his property hunting deer illegally, PCSO spokesperson Danie Huffman said.

The deputy – who has not been identified – responded and said he saw the suspect putting up a deer blind, and when he approached the blind, the deputy claimed the suspect shot him in the foot, according to PCSO.