LINCOLNTON, N.C. (WBTV) — A Lincoln County deputy who accidentally shot her 11-year-old daughter over the weekend has been terminated, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday.
Misty Michelle Flowers, 38, was showing her service weapon to friends at her home on Loop Road in Lincolnton Saturday night when the gun accidentally fired through the wall, striking her daughter in the other room, deputies say.
“I find gross negligence and the disregard for the safety of others was displayed in the incident Saturday night and therefore Officer Flowers was terminated today,” Sheriff David Carpenter said. “This is totally separate from the SBI investigation into the incident that occurred at her residence.”
Lincoln County deputies said they were called to the home at 11:23 p.m. and started tending to the girl’s injury. The child was taken to CHS-Lincoln and then airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte for surgery. According to deputies, she was in stable condition after treatment.
Neighbors say there was a Halloween party going on at the house where this happened.
Flowers has been with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office since 2015 and worked for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office before that.
“During this entire situation my focus has been on the well-being and condition of the child involved and am of the understanding the child is going to be ok after the surgery. This is a very tragic situation for all involved, the officer, her family, her career and everyone that has been touched by this,” Carpenter said. “We continue to pray for healing of the child and the entire family as the investigation continues over the next several days.”
The SBI is continuing to investigate and interview witnesses. Anyone with additional information is asked to call the SBI at 704-454-5264.
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