Sheriff's Deputy fired after shooting 11-year-old daughter

Deputy fired for shooting daughter by mistake

LINCOLNTON, N.C. -- A Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputy is out of a job and could face criminal charges after the Sheriff says she accidentally shot her daughter while showing off her gun to friends.

Investigators say the 11-year-old girl has been upgraded to good condition at CMC in Charlotte.

You can see the remnants of Saturday night's Halloween party on the front porch of the Lincoln County  home.

Neighbor Joann Helms remembers, "They all had flashlights, running around screaming, scaring each other."

And then a terrifying and very real scare was called into 911. 

"There's  a young child here-- she's been shot by a firearm-- her stomach is bleeding out."

Investigators say Lincoln County Sheriff's deputy Misty Flowers hosted the party in her home.

Sheriff David Carpenter said, "She was evidently showing her firearm to friends in her home."

The glock went off, the bullet went through a wall and hit her 11-year-old daughter.

The 911 call describes the pain the little girl suffered.

"Is she awake? She's awake, she's just in a lot of pain. She's breathing, she's been shot in the stomach."

"I was shocked in how it happened, being a police officer you'd think she'd look [and] see if [the] gun [was] loaded before showing it to everybody," one neighbor said.

The sheriff agreed; he fired Flowers for negligence.

"It is my determination that there was some negligence involved, therefore, I just can't tolerate that."

"In my 32 years, I've never heard of an incident like this happening," he said.

Flowers had been a patrol officer and was most recently assigned to work security at the courthouse.

Flowers has been in trouble once before for something minor.

She now could face criminal charges, though, the SBI says they'll know more on that front later this week.

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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