Sheriff’s deputy rushed to hospital after colleague accidentally shoots her in leg, officials say


A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was rushed to a hospital Friday morning after she was accidentally shot in the leg by another deputy, authorities said.

The incident — which authorities characterized as an “unintentional discharge” — occurred at approximately 5:10 a.m. in the parking lot of the South Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station, at 1310 W. Imperial Highway, according to department officials.

The two deputies “were preparing their patrol vehicle at the station for the start of their shift” when “a male deputy unintentionally discharged his firearm — striking his partner, a female deputy, who was seated behind the steering wheel of the parked patrol vehicle,” sheriff’s officials said in a statement.


Deputy Shawn Dubusky, a department spokesman, said the round struck the female deputy in her leg.

The injured deputy was taken to a hospital for treatment. Authorities said she was in stable condition as of Friday afternoon.

Dubusky did not identify what hospital the deputy was taken to, but other outlets have reported that it was Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

The incident remains under investigation.