Gun accidentally fires after pursuit

Published 9:40 am Monday, January 30, 2017

An unidentified Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Deputy has been placed on administrative leave after that officer’s gun accidentally fired following a pursuit on Thursday. This information comes from Lt. Tommy Potter, spokesman for the county sheriff’s office.

The deputy was helping several units from the Chesapeake Police Department chase the driver in a fleeing vehicle, which ended in Isle of Wight.

As the person was being taken into custody, that officer’s drawn weapon accidentally discharged and hit the front lower bumper area of the car that had been driven by the suspect.

Potter said, “It is our policy to place a deputy on administrative duties pending an investigation. This is common practice anytime a weapon is discharged, on purpose or in cases of accidental discharges.”