Off-Duty Deputy Accidentally Shoots Himself

The deputy sustained a non-life threatening wound to the back after his service weapon accidentally fired

An off-duty sheriff’s deputy wound up in the hospital after accidentally shooting himself with his service weapon outside of a grocery store in Carlsbad.

Authorities confirmed the incident happened at around 8 p.m. Saturday.

The deputy was in his car outside the Sprouts grocery store at Rancho Santa Fe Road and Camino De Las Coches in Carlsbad when his service weapon accidentally fired. He was hit with one round in the back.

The deputy -- who, according to Sheriff’s Department Lt. Mike Munsey, is an experienced veteran – was taken to a local hospital. His gunshot wound was not life-threatening, authorities said.

“I’ve known him for 25 years,” Lt. Munsey told NBC 7. “He’s a pretty experienced guy. It’s just one of those freak things that happens, I guess.”

At the time of the accidental shooting, the deputy was with his girlfriend and family. His name was not released.

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