An off-duty Jerome County sheriff's deputy got a scare last week when a friend's gun accidentally discharged.
Jerome County Sheriff Doug McFall said deputy Anthony Gratzer did not need hospital treatment when shrapnel hit him.
A friend of Gratzer's brought a new gun to the deputy's home to show it off Friday, McFall said. Gratzer cleared the gun and gave it back to his friend, but at some point the gun was reloaded, McFall said.
McFall said Gratzer's friend shot himself in the knee, and shrapnel from the bullet hit Gratzer in the side of his abdomen.
Gratzer was shaken up and now won't allow anyone to bring weapons to his house, McFall said.
McFall said the man with the gun was lucky -- he ended up not hitting any bones.
Jerome police investigated and concluded the shooting was accidental.
Gratzer is a cautious person, McFall said, and isn't sure how the gun went off.
It just goes to show, McFall said, that a gun is not a toy. Whether someone is inspecting, cleaning or simply showing off a firearm, it needs to be treated with care.
"Guns just must be treated at all times like they're loaded," he said.