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.