*Would it be accurate to say that fear is at its height right now? It was only a matter of time before the “shoot first, ask questions later” strategy came back to haunt someone.
Sadly, it has happened to this dad – a sergeant, with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia.
When a security alarm sounded at the home of sergeant Easton McDonald on Tuesday at 3:30 in the morning, he responded by shooting the lone-figured shadow he saw in the dark, according to Capt. Donnie Lang of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.
But then, when the suspect screamed, he recognized her voice as his 16-year-old daughter.
Once he realized it was her, he grabbed her and jumped in his car to rush her to the hospital, but crashed along the way, authorities said.
The teenager was in stable condition at a Winchester hospital, according to media reports.
McDonald had seen the dark shape of a person advancing through the garage door when he fired. fired.
“He figured someone had broken into the garage, and his family was upstairs asleep,” Lang said.
The sergeant used his own private gun— not his service weapon, Lang said.
“Then he hears her voice and recognizes that it’s his daughter,” he said.
According to investigators, McDonald grabbed his daughter, who was returning home after apparently sneaking out, and called 911 to report that he was taking her to the hospital. En route, the frantic father lost control of his car and hit a barricade, damaging the front of the vehicle but causing no additional injuries to his daughter or to himself, Lang said.
Emergency responders went to the scene of the crash and took McDonald’s daughter to the hospital.
McDonald is a 13-year veteran of the sheriff’s office. He has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.