Virginia deputy shoots teenage daughter after she sneaks back into home

GENERIC Police shooting

WINCHESTER, Va. — The daughter of a Loudoun County Sheriff’s deputy was improving at the hospital after she was shot by her father, according to a report in the Winchester Star. The deputy shot his 16-year-old daughter early Tuesday morning while he was getting ready for work.

Frederick County Sheriff’s Capt. Donnie Lang told the Star when the deputy heard his home alarm go off at about 3:45 a.m., he went to his garage to investigate. The garage door was open.

When the deputy went inside he heard a bang and saw a figure coming toward him.

“At that particular point, he discharges his firearm and strikes the person in the torso area,” Lang told the Washington Post. “Then he hears her voice and recognizes that it’s his daughter.”

Realizing what he had done, the deputy picked up his daughter and drove to the hospital. During the drive, the deputy crashed his car into a barricade. No one was injured in the crash. Emergency crews picked up the teen and took her to the hospital.

The teenager was last listed in stable condition.

The deputy, a 13-year veteran, was placed on administrative leaving, according to the Post.

34 comments

    • Tana

      Yep whatever happened to,,stop ive got a gun or whose there?? i have never understood the shoot now and ask questions later approach,,,sometimes the words ” Ive got a gun and i know how to use it” are enough to make them run if they are a bad guy and yell out if theyre a family member,,,this guy should have known better

      • Bandy

        I’m not justifying him but have you ever been in a situation where your life could be in danger? How do you know how you would react? You are one of the people who say “oh why not just shoot them in the knee?” Because in a high stress situation you can’t do that. All you can do is react.

    • pain

      You people are incredible. <— that's a big word. Go look it up.

      Look it up, now.

      Right now.

      I am guessing we take away all the guns from all the cops? Even if you do that And manage to get the crooks to be honest (<– strange word in crooky land) and get them to turn in their guns (so we can be just like England …all over again) …they'll (that's the crooks, stay with me please) still have machetes, kitchen knives, etc.

      Oh by the way, a tree branch 'can be' a deadly weapon.

      • Griswold

        Yes, a tree branch can be a deadly weapon…if someone is so committed to violence that he’s willing to bludgeon someone else, up close and personal, with the branch. Most people aren’t. If forced to resort to cutting someone’s throat with a machete (not as easy as it sounds), or bashing in a head with a tree branch, most people won’t do it. Very likely even the deputy wouldn’t’ve done it. If he had, it takes some time to really bash in the skull, time in which he might’ve noticed that it was his daughter he was beating. But a gun makes it easy and instantaneous: lethal force is as easy as tightening a knuckle. And, as I think we see here, many people who might otherwise think better of their violent impulses are very ready to tighten that knuckle, and when they do, this happens. Yes, deputies will always have guns. But what about all the non-deputies who do the same thing, over and over? Are we really just fine with everyone on earth having lethal force at the end of a finger, when we know that the world’s simply crawling with people who don’t think about their actions?

  • Diana Reichardt

    Yes, I also am glad his daughter will be ok but it does make wonder about todays police officers . They all seem to want to shoot before thinking and asking questions. I am a little doubtful of this new age police movement.

  • G W

    Shotties are better for home defense. Just the sound of one being pumped is enough to warn people what your intentions are.

    • RICNative

      Why would he need to identify himself or say he had a gun to someone entering HIS home, at 3:45 am, who set off his alarm and opened his garage door. If you thought someone was breaking into your home, would you first tell them your name before you take action to defend your family or property? Put yourself in that MOMENT, not the perfect world of hindsight…

      • Sam

        “Why would he need to identify himself or say he had a gun to someone entering HIS home, at 3:45 am, who set off his alarm and opened his garage door.” Are you kidding? So that he doesn’t accidentally shoot a family member or innocent person. Certainly wish that fools like you didn’t own guns. Unfortunately, most gun owners are not the brightest nor most responsible people, though they like to say they are.

      • pain

        slight grammatical correction. please note corrected version below:

        uh uh,

        sooooo …you should have to identify …yourself …in your own house?

      • Marley Q.

        Clearly, he doesn’t legally HAVE to. We can’t legislate that. But choosing to give this “intruder” a chance to stop, or run, or surrender would’ve averted a tragedy. Choosing to speak rather than shoot would avert a lot of tragedies, and unfortunately it’s just what we can’t trust people to do. Even trained police, apparently.

  • Jackson

    While I definitely dont condone his actions and am glad his daughter is okay, this works two ways. He clearly wasn’t responsible with his firearm although imagine if that wasn’t his daughter, that way the whole family is protected. It’s good if people are more responsible with they’re weapons but still have them and are comfortable stepping up to the plate with them. We need responsible gun owners, not alleviation of guns

  • krista

    This spoiled rotten brat caused this entire incident. If she hadn’t been sneaking out, this wouldnt have happened. At sixteen years of age, she should know better. With all of the reported home invasions

    throughout the Commonwealth area, he acted appropriately. I hope she is happy, not only has she seriously scared/traumatized her dad, she may also have cost him his job.

    • Sam

      You are making a case for irresponsible gun ownership. Hope someone accidentally shoots you so that you have some credibility.

    • Griswold

      So kids sneaking out at night–which kids have done since pretty much forever–is appropriately punished by being SHOT; from a short article, you know this girl well enough to be sure that she’s a “spoiled rotten brat”; you think a trained deputy who shoots at what he can’t see with no attempt at a less violent solution is “protecting” anyone; and you don’t think someone trigger-happy enough to shoot blind in the dark bears any responsibility for any consequences that follow? You’re describing “jumping to conclusions with tragic results” as a valid lifestyle choice, and normal kid behavior as punishable by potential death. Glad I’m not your kid, hope I’m not around when you start shooting because you’re sure you’re perfectly justified.

  • Pam McCall

    It’s easy for people to say what they would or wouldnt do in certain situations, because it wasn’t them in that situation. But i bet all these people making there comments, wouldn’t be doing what they claim they would have done if faced with the same situation this officer was faced with! Im glad the daughters ok!

      • Jack Savage

        Ok, and for the non-p@ssies in the room, please, describe to us what you might have done. And what relevant facts you know that the police or DA have not let out yet. He may be a cop, but this is still America, so lets start with a presumption of innocence until all relevant facts are on the table.

        (As for me being in your “less manly category”, I have been around the block a few times), not all cops shoot first and ask later. But I can bet from your own comment you would play the tough guy and what, hit the person with a bat? Hand to hand? Put a knife in their heart while you look them in the eyes?

        Yeah, thought so internet tough guy.

        Pam stated verily a fact, which is until you have been in that situation, you do not know what you would have done. Because you dont know what you would have done.

  • Ken Cissel

    A few thoughts here. First, he was supposedly trained in law enforcement which means he should have told the intruder he was a Deputy and to stop and get on the ground or even saying the tried and true “Halt, who goes there?”. Second, he also should have tried to identify the intruder by turning on the light or using a flashlight so he could have been sure of his target. Third, he couldn’t have been more than 10 or 15 feet away from the intruder so how bad of a shot is he? I’m very glad his daughter will be OK but her bad judgement in sneaking out and then back in is nothing compared to his his horribly bad judgement in the use of deadly force.

    • Noah

      “He should have told the intruder he was a deputy and to stop and to get on the ground.” Sorry bud in the real world that takes too long especially when you are in the moment, the house alarm goes off, and an unknown person is there. Police Officers have many enemies especially among people they have captured, you don’t have time for a little chit chat with a home invader. Secondly “Halt who goes there.” are you flipping kidding me? Its nearly 4AM and the garage is open and the alarm goes off, hmmm gee oh I wonder who is there. Thirdly he heard the bang and saw a person coming towards them, since A he didn’t have a flashlight, then B if it was a person intending to cause harm he wouldn’t of had time to turn on the lights, and considering we do not know the layout of his house it could be that where he is at is several feet away from a light switch. Fourthly he probably wasn’t trying to kill the intruder just stop the intruder in his tracks, so your bad shot makes no sense. Fifthly clearly it wasn’t deadly force as his shot was intended to maim not kill the intruder.

    • Jack Savage

      How do we know he didnt identify himself? I am by no means a cop apologist. But two things are relevant here. He is not required to identify himself in his own home (at home he is a private citizen) and in a home defense environment, stating who you are identifies to the intruder where you are, and possibly if HE has the right target. Maybe he did identify himself and his daughter turned and went to walk towards him? Maybe she had headphones in (hell kids have been doing that for about what 30 years no) and came towards him and didnt hear him? Maybe she was drinking (I know many who did when we were that age. And she stumbled towards him. No one here knows now do they? Lets wait till all the facts come out. The fact that sensationalization of police involved shootings is occuring and jumps to guilt without all the facts being out yet, is what is leading to an “Us versus Them” mentality. Hold judgement and lets see what the investigation says.

  • pain

    One more thing: What if the little darling had not sneaked out so as having to sneak back in.

    Yo Dad, after she heals …a whuppin and tell her you love her and don’t ever do that again. Then again, if this was a one-time thing she might’ve already figured that out.

    • Marley Q.

      This is a world in which parents can have a child taken away for being at the high end of the weight percentile. I’d advise the father not to take your advice, since child protective services might have something to say about a father who first shot a child without a word, then blamed the daughter, and finally beat her for being in a position to get shot. Also, if we’re playing “what if”, what if the daughter wasn’t “sneaking out” to commit the kind of horrid crimes that you picture as deserving shooting and beating? What if she heard a noise and went out to see what it was? What if she wanted to look at the moon? Would you still defend the deputy then? –That’s a rhetorical question, of course, because it’s clear that you would. You know, you could just say that there’s no logic on earth that would convince you to blame a man for shooting anyone, for any reason, and stop trying to make this about reason.

    • Jack Savage

      A whippin aint a beating Marley. His daughter had to have know about the alarm, so the question is… what in the hell was she thinking? My 16 year old would tell me if she is leaving at midnight or later (We are vamps, so dont get all up in arms regarding the hours, school for her is at night). For us, midnight is like 5 in the afternoon. There are a group of kids in the night school, and they are also in college at the same time. My daughter knows to text or call to tell me she is setting off the alarm. So why did the daughter in this case set it off? Sure maybe he could have done a better job of identifying his target, maybe he even identified himself, who knows. But I bet there is a lesson learned on both sides in this one.

  • Old guy

    Several comments were made about not knowing how anyone would act in that situation, in the dark, under the possible threat of harm. Correct. That is exactly why folks who are not trained and regularly retrained and certified for these situations should not possess guns at home or on the streets. That is why a person’s first response should be to call 911 and then to carry out other preplanned defensive actions until elp arrives. In many counties, deputy sheriffs do not carry out policing and are not highly trained. Best to not keep a gun at home if you cannot be sure you can use it wisely in a tense situation.

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