An off-duty Spalding County detention officer was hospitalized Wednesday after she was shot in the head during a fight with her stepdaughter, the sheriff’s office confirmed.
Amanda Moore, 34, was flown to Atlanta Medical Center after the shooting, sheriff’s office spokesman Capt. Dwayne Jones said.
Sheriff Darrell Dix said his family has been close to Moore’s family for nearly 40 years, according to Channel 2 Action News. He said Moore has been with the sheriff’s office for about a year, and her father is also employed with the sheriff’s office as a sergeant.
The incident that sent Moore to the hospital happened about 3:30 p.m. in the 1200 block of Ethridge Mill Road, authorities said.
Another child, who was in the house when the shot was fired, ran to a neighbor’s house.
Deputies were sent to the home after the neighbor called 911. Moore’s father was one of the responding sergeants, Dix told Channel 2. He didn’t realize he was responding to a call at his daughter’s home until he pulled up, the news station reported.
Dix said he wouldn’t let the father go inside the home and see his daughter in that condition.
“It’s a totally different angle,” he told Channel 2.
Deputies found Moore with a single gunshot wound to the head. She is stable, authorities said.
Dix said a neighbor who is a nurse rushed over to provide medical aid.
“I think the actions they took probably got her a chance to live and where she is right now,” he told Channel 2.
Dix said he saw the 16-year-old girl walking away from the home when he pulled up and arrested her.
“She didn’t say anything,” he said. “She didn’t fight. It was literally nothing. It was just blank.”
Dix said preliminary indications are that the shooting started as a domestic dispute between Moore and her stepdaughter. He told Channel 2 that investigators are trying to charge the 16-year-old as an adult.
“This is a difficult time for everyone involved and we are asking for prayers of healing and strength for this family in the coming days,” Dix said.
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