Never play around with guns — especially in a hazardous environment. One former North Carolina cop learned a tragic lesson on gun safety after accidentally shooting her 11-year-old daughter, WNCN reports.
The woman, Misty Michelle Flowers, exhibited a serious lack of caution after her weapon went off at her home during a Halloween party, firing through the wall and hitting her daughter in another room. Flowers was reportedly showing friends her gun when the incident happened.
At 11:23, Lincolnton County authorities were called to the residence, where they began treatment for the girl’s wounds. She was taken to a local care center, and later airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. She underwent surgery.
Flowers was fired by Sheriff David Carpenter.
“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,” the sheriff said. “This is totally separate from the SBI investigation into the incident that occurred at her residence.”
The child was in stable condition after the procedure.
“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 okay after the surgery,” Carpenter said. “This is a very tragic situation for all involved — the officer, her family, her career and everyone that has been touched by this. We continue to pray for healing of the child and the entire family as the investigation continues over the next several days.”
While accidents happen, there’s just no excuse for the outcome. We can only hope others learn from Flowers’ mistake, and the child recovers quickly and fully.
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