Sheriff's deputy dies after accidental shooting

Sheriff's deputy dies after accidental shooting

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A deputy with Hancock County Sheriff's Office has died after shooting himself in the chest. Sheriff Ricky Adam said Deputy John Schmidt died Tuesday night. It happened around 6:15 p.m. on West Newtown Street in the Bayside Park community.

Schmidt was hired in December as a part-time reserve officer, said the sheriff.

Authorities say  they believe the shooting was accidental.

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