Fannin County jailer's weapon accidentally fired in Sherman hospital

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SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) -- The Fannin County sheriff is investigating after a jailer's gun accidentally went off at a local hospital Wednesday morning.

A Fannin County jailer was guarding a pregnant inmate at Wilson N. Jones who was in labor.

Just before 7 a.m., the sheriff said that guard switched shifts with another guard who was unarmed and that's when the shot was fired.

"The guard exchanged the weapon, took it out of the holster, and supposedly cleared the gun, pulled the clip out of it and handed it over and during that time it went off," Fannin County Sheriff Mark Johnson said.

The sheriff said the gun accidentally discharged. Where that bullet went is still unknown.

It happened on a floor packed with families, newborns, visitors and workers, but no one was hit.

"I'm sure everybody was kind of freaked out at the time, you don't really hear that happening too much, especially by an officer who is in control of the weapon," Preston Fusclier said.

Preston Fusclier has a family member at Wilson N. Jones right now. He said an accident like this is should never happen, especially in a hospital.

"I think what it comes down to is gun safety, I don't know if it maybe wasn't on safety when he handed his pistol over, but just thankfully nobody got hurt," Fusclier said.

The sheriff said he's now looking into how the shot was fired and the way the gun was exchanged. He wants to make sure this never happens again.

"Be sure everything was done properly if it truly was just an accident or if it was some type of careless mistake, I hope that's not the case and I don't know that it is, but we're gonna be looking at that," Johnson said.

A hospital spokesperson acknowledged it happened and said they're all just glad no one was hurt.

As far as the jailer's job, the sheriff said he will meet with the warden in the morning and decide what needs to be done.

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