A Richmond County sheriff’s deputy is on administrative leave after a child handling his department-issued Taser accidentally discharged the weapon, injuring another child.
The department’s Internal Affairs Division is investigating the incident that happened while the road patrol deputy, who has not been identified, was off duty, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.
According to the release, the child got the Taser while inside a home and accidentally fired the weapon, striking another child. Adults were present at the time of the incident, and the child was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center for treatment.
The deputy has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.