Police officer fired after accidentally shooting daughter
A Lincoln County sheriff’s deputy is facing a double tragedy after accidentally shooting her daughter with her service firearm while off-duty. Misty Michelle Flowers allegedly had friends to her home Saturday night and was showing her service weapon to them when she accidentally fired.
The bullet traveled through a wall and hit her 11-year-old daughter in the abdomen, the Shelby Star reported.
The girl is expected to recover, unlike her mother’s career.
As a result, Flowers has been terminated and is being investigated by the State Bureau of Investigation.
While it is not uncommon for officers to bring their service weapons home with them after a shift, the sheriff’s office’s policy states, “Members shall ensure that all firearms and ammunition are locked and secured while in their homes.”
In addition, the policy manual states: “Members should be aware that negligent storage of a firearm could result in civil liability.”
Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter has made efforts to distance his department from Flowers’ actions, saying, "I find gross negligence and disregard for the safety of others over what transpired Saturday.”
He also reiterated how the department’s policy on storing firearms had been made clear, saying basic firearm safety measures are "included in hundreds and hundreds of hours of training they received during basic law enforcement training and also during service training.”
Flowers had been with the department since August 2015. She was terminated on Monday while at the hospital.