Update: Sheriff says deputy accidentally shot himself in the leg, is recovering

By Gary Scott on October 22, 2014 at 7:23am

A Morgan County sheriff’s deputy is recovering after apparently shooting himself in the leg over the weekend by accident.

Morgan County Sheriff Randy Duvendack says the deputy, who isn’t being identified, shot himself in the right leg on Sunday night at around 11:00 with a backup weapon. Duvendack says the deputy was treated and released from Memorial Medical Center after being transferred from Passavant Area Hospital.

Duvendack says the deputy was near the Scott/Morgan County line waiting to talk to a Scott County Deputy about a case they were working on. While sitting in his squad car, he apparently had his hand in his pocket and accidentally pulled the trigger.

Duvendack says the gun was not assigned to the deputy by the county and had been acquired by the deputy on Sunday for personal use. He says the deputy intended to take it home after his shift. Duvendack indicates some officers do carry two weapons, but must be certified to use them.

An off-duty corrections officer was riding along with the deputy, which is authorized, and provided first aid.

Duvendack indicates no disciplinary action is expected at this time.

The hope is that the deputy will be back by the end of the week.

Updated at noon on Thursday, October 23rd: The sheriff’s office has confirmed Deputy Derek Suttles was the officer involved.