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Child, not dog, shot when deputy's gun is fired in Georgia

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According to Monday's WTOC News, a child who was injured after being shot in the leg by a Coffee County deputy in Ga., has been released from the hospital.

On July 11, the child, 10-year-old Dakota Corbitt, was shot in the back of the knee by a deputy who has been identified by Coffee County Sheriff Doyle Wooten, as 36-year-old Michael Vickers.

The shooting took place in the midst of a search for a suspect who was wanted for allegedly shooting a police officer.

According to multiple reports, the Deputy Vicker's gun was fired when a dog ran towards him in the midst of the search for the suspect. The dog, who was presumed to be the target, was not injured - only the little boy.

All publications covering the incident are vague with regards to how the child was shot - stating only that it is unclear if the deputy fired the gun himself and that the "gun fired one shot." WALB News wrote:

The deputy's gun fired one shot, missing the dog and hitting the child.

It was not clear if the gun was accidentally fired by the deputy.

The individual who started the manhunt, 19-year-old Christopher Barnett, was eventually apprehended and taken into custody. Barnett is reported to have a lengthy criminal history and as of Friday, he was being held without bond.

The incident has been turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in Eastman to be investigated.

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