The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an early Tuesday morning shooting in which a Loudoun deputy shot his 16-year-old daughter believing she was an intruder at their Winchester area home.
According to investigators and media reports, Easton McDonald, a sergeant with the Loudoun sheriff’s office, was getting ready for work around 3:30 a.m. when the home alarm system was triggered by an open door. He heard sounds inside the home’s attached garage and saw someone coming toward him. He fired.
After turning on the light, he realized he had shot his daughter, a Millbrook High School student, who apparently was returning home after sneaking out.
He called 911 and then left the scene to drive his daughter to the hospital. He crashed on the way and responding rescue crews then transported her. She was listed in stable condition.
McDonald, a 13-year Loudoun Sheriff's Office veteran, is on administrative leave pending the results of an internal investigation.