Virginia deputy mistakenly shoots teen daughter he thought was home intruder

A sheriff's deputy in Virginia mistakenly shot his 16-year-old daughter early Tuesday morning after she snuck out and set off the home's alarm when she entered the garage, The Washington Post reported.

Easton McDonald, a sergeant who worked at the Loudoun County Sheriff’s office for 13 years, reportedly thought someone broke into his garage while his family was asleep.  Authorities said by the time McDonald reached the basement, the dark figure walked towards him.

"At that particular point, he discharges his firearm and strikes the person in the torso area," Capt. Donnie Lang, from the Frederick sheriff's office, told the paper. He heard her voice and recognized it was his daughter.

The victim was identified as his teen daughter, who reportedly snuck out. He called 911, and rushed the girl to a nearby hospital, but crashed into a barricade. Paramedics had to retrieve the girl from the car. McDonald and his daughter were not injured in the crash.

McDonald has been placed on administrative leave while authorities investigate. The teen is reportedly listed in stable condition.

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