St. Lucie County Deputy Arrested and Suspended for Accidentally Shooting His Daughter

St. Lucie County Deputy Daniel Weber, 35, of Port St. Lucie, has bonded out of jail after being charged with the negligent and under the influence shooting of his daughter in the hip with an AR-15.

Weber, who has been with the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office working at the county jail since August, was previously a corrections officer for the State of Florida. Now out of jail, Weber is suspended pending an internal investigation reference to his handling a firearm while under alcohol.

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According to the police report, the shooting occurred the day before Thanksgiving. Weber told Port St. Lucie detectives that he was showing his son how to clean his AR-15. He claimed he sat down on the living room sofa and placed the rifle on a TV tray. The table tipped over, and he and his son went to grab it but missed. The rifle discharged and struck his daughter in the left lower abdomen and hip. After the shooting, Weber applied pressure to the wound and had his son call 911.

Weber told detectives that before cleaning, he removed the magazine from the AR-15 and “believed the firearm to be empty.” It’s usually the “empty” firearms that cause the most injuries. Despite what you see in the movies, firearms don’t go off by themselves.

Police investigators spoke to Weber’s son, who told them:

“His father typically has a few beers and few mixed drinks before work, and then maybe a couple more on his day off.”

Weber’s personnel file with the Sheriff’s Office shows Weber admitted to being arrested by the Port St. Lucie Police Department for DUI in 2013. When added together with his son’s statements, it appears Weber has an issue with alcohol.

The Port St. Lucie police department stated Weber’s daughter continues to recover from her injuries.

Weber was charged with aggravated child abuse, using a firearm while under the influence of alcoholic beverages, and culpable negligence. Weber is also on unpaid administrative leave with the Sheriff’s office pending the outcome of the investigation.


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