FLOYD COUNTY, Ga. – A Floyd County mother is furious after a deputy's gun accidentally went off as she was standing in the doorway of her home with her three small children nearby.
The sheriff's department has opened an internal investigation into the incident. In a written statement, the department stressed that nobody was injured in the incident.
Tiffany McClure said that a deputy arrived at her home to serve a warrant for a former roommate, a friend who moved out three months ago. The two stood in the doorway, McClure's 4-year-old son Qordarius was beside her. Her other two children were watching from the window.
"I heard a loud boom," McClure said. "I thought one of my kids threw something, and then the officer said, 'Oh no!' He was grabbing his leg and had a big old hole in his pants."
McClure said another officer quickly came around from the back while the first removed his gun belt.
"He took off the thing off and the other partner looked at the equipment and that's when he took the clip out and said the cartridge wasn't in right," McClure said.
According to a sheriff's office statement, a supervisor was already on scene, another came later and everyone was checked for injuries.
McClure snapped a few cell phone pictures of what she believes to be gunpowder burns on her son's leg and foot.
She said she's both relieved and frightened because, she says, with her three little ones nearby, it could have been much worse.
"I don't even play with guns," she said. "We don't hold guns. We don't possess guns. That is so scary."
McClure said they found the bullet lodged in officer's wallet.
Floyd County has an internal investigation underway. The Rome County Police Department is also investigating.