Vernon Parish deputy 'in good spirits' after shot in arm during domestic disturbance call
A Vernon Parish deputy was shot in the arm while responding to a domestic disturbance call later Sunday afternoon. The Associated Press reports that the unidentified deputy was released from a local hospital on Monday.
The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Department responded to the call just after 4 p.m. Sunday at a house on Magnolia Street in New Llano. Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft says the deputy was getting a statement from the victim who made the call when the suspect, 60-year-old Bobby Hinton pulled out a handgun and later fired two shots at the deputy.
The deputy was hit in the left forearm and returned fire at Hinton. Hinton was hit, and the deputy called for backup and medical personnel. Additional officers and medical personnel came to the scene, and Hinton and the deputy were brought to Byrd Regional Hospital for treatment.
Hinton was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Sheriff Craft went into further details in an interview with KALB on Monday. "The deputy responded as he was trained to," said Craft. "He sought shelter behind his unit and in the process of doing so, the suspect fired two rounds. The first went through the deputies forearm, traveled across the street and struck a home across the street. The second shot struck the unit and knocked out the passenger window. When the deputy got behind his unit he returned fire striking the suspect."
Early Monday afternoon KALB was told that the injured deputy was 'in good spirits.' A group was on their way to visit the deputy at an Alexandria hospital with a box of donuts signed by his coworkers and other well-wishers.
Residents who live on Magnolia Street in New Llano told KALB off-camera that the community was shocked to hear about Hinton's death and described the man as a good neighbor. On the VPSO Facebook page, many residents also offered prayers to the families of everyone involved.
Sheriff Craft said it's never the outcome that any law enforcement department wants and added that "statistics prove that many officer-involved shootings occur during domestic disturbances."