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Deputy Tries To Shoot Dog, Misses And Hits 10-Year-Old

Douglas, GA- A ten-year-old boy was shot by a Coffee County deputy last Thursday after the deputy had aimed to shoot a dog during a manhunt.

Police were searching for 19-year-old Christopher Barnett, who had allegedly shot a police officer following a robbery at a gas station earlier in the day. Barnett had made his way to a trailer park in Douglas and was followed by police. Dakota Corbitt was in the front yard of his home in the trailer park during the police search for Barnett.

According to Coffee County Sheriff Doyle Wooten, a deputy went onto the property where Corbitt lives and claimed that a dog ran up to him. The deputy fired on the dog, but somehow missed and shot Corbitt in the back of the leg.

Corbitt was taken to Savannah Memorial Hospital, where it was found that the bullet missed all major arteries and Corbitt would not need surgery.

Barnett was later found near the trailer park and was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

The deputy who shot Corbitt has not yet been named. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is currently investigating the incident.