High school student accidentally shot by deputy during training exercise

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High school student accidentally shot by deputy during training exercise

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At least one high school student in Indiana was injured after being accidentally shot by a sheriff’s deputy during a school training exercise.

The incident occurred at South Vermillion High School when 19-year veteran Vermillion County Deputy Tim DisPennett was leading a law enforcement class in different scenarios, according to the Indiana State Police.

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During the instruction, the deputy “accidentally discharged his service weapon striking a student in the classroom,” police said.

The class was designed to teach students how to be law enforcement officers through a “bad guy” scenario, and at least eight students were in the class.

DisPennett was explaining a drill when he drew his service firearm, instead of his training weapon, and opened fire.

The student who was wounded suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to a report.

“They use dummy guns, plastic guns, in this situation. It was a mistake that was made on behalf of the sheriff deputy,” superintendent of South Vermillion Schools, Dave Chapman, said. “[It’s an] unfortunate incident, but they’ve gone through this training quite frequently, so it was just one of those unfortunate incidents.”

“When I got on the scene, [the victim] was on the stretcher with the EMTs, kind of cutting up a little bit,” Chapman said. “When he asked how his pain level was, he said it felt like a sting. So, it was a graze, a superficial wound, and he was going to be transported to the hospital in Terre Haute to have it looked at.”

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DisPennett has since been placed on administrative leave, and an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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