Firearm accidentally discharges at high school

Dave Prescott

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on August 26, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 26 at 5:17 PM

YORK, S.C. -- The York County Sheriff's Office says a deputy working on the campus of a high school in York accidentally discharged his sidearm outside of the school Monday morning.

About 7:30, officials say the SRO's firearm accidentally discharged into the sidewalk outside the building near "Cougar Plaza", where students are frequently dropped off at the campus of York Comprehensive High School.

The gun was in the holster at the time the shot was fired, officials say.

Only three students were immediately nearby, with another dozen within the vicinity, the Sheriff's Office says, and no one was injured.

Deputy Dave Prescott has been removed from the campus and placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

Deputy Prescott worked as the Sheriff's Office School Resource Officer on the campus of York Comprehensive High School for the last eight years. He was a decorated deputy on the department's SWAT team.

The York County Sheriff's Office says the accidental discharge of his .40 caliber Glock 22 is "puzzling", and calls it "an abnormal event".

The department and training staff are investigating to determine what caused the discharge.

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