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A Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office deputy on Thursday afternoon accidentally shot a woman in San Juan while authorities were executing a “high-risk” warrant in an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon investigation.
In a news release, the sheriff’s office said the shooting happened at 1:28 p.m. in the 1600 block of East 7th Street in San Juan.
“Sheriff’s Deputies and a San Juan Police Department Officer arrived at the location and attempted to serve an Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon warrant, due to this being a high-risk warrant, a Deputy approached the residence with his rifle,” the release stated. “Deputies made contact with a female at the residence by a side door next to the carport.”
While speaking with the woman, the deputy “unintentionally fired his rifle” and “the bullet ricocheted off the concrete driveway and struck the female.”
The release said the woman was transported to the McAllen Medical Center. She is in stable condition, the release stated.
That document does not disclose whether the woman who was shot or another person was the target of the warrant.
The sheriff office, which has a team that investigates shootings involving its deputies, is investigating the shooting. The deputy who fired the rifle has been placed on paid administrative leave per departmental protocol, the release stated.