LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia sheriff has been charged with reckless conduct in the shootingof a real estate agent as prosecutors look into his statement that he was conducting police training exercises at the time.
Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill was charged Wednesday in the shooting, which critically wounded real estate agent Gwenevere McCord, 43, Gwinnett County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Shannon Volkodav said. He was released on a $2,950 bond Wednesday night. The charge is a misdemeanor.
Authorities have said the two were alone in a model home roughly 50 miles northeast of where Hill’s office is located when the shooting happened Sunday.
Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said he has fundamental questions about Hill’s account, which was that he was conducting training exercises inside the home when he accidentally shot McCord. The location of the house is well outside Hill’s jurisdiction.
McCord, who was shot in the abdomen, was physically unable to tell investigators what happened and Hill refused to do so, Porter said Wednesday. McCord and Hill were alone in the house at the time and Hill left the scene without giving an official statement, investigators have said.
“The statement on the 911 tape was that they were doing police training exercises,” Porter said, but the placement of some items at the scene “sort of make you think about that.”