A Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputy has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of an internal Sheriff’s Office investigation into the unintentional discharge of the deputy’s back-up weapon while on the campus of the Morgan County Elementary School.

According to Chief Deputy Keith Howard, Deputy Robert Hamby, 58, was suspended following a standard drug screen after the incident on Monday. Howard said that at approximately 7:45 a.m., Monday, Dec. 6, Hamby was sitting in a Morgan County Sheriff’s Office truck on the east side parking lot as part of his official duties at the elementary school when the 9mm pistol fired. Howard said the bullet hit a seat in the vehicle and imbedded in the floorboard of the vehicle.

The bullet did not exit the vehicle, Howard said. “He was checking the ammunition in his back-up weapon and when he removed the magazine, it fired.”

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Specialist Ellen Welch investigated the shooting scene, Howard said, and Capt. Brandon Sellers is conducting and investigation into the incident.

No one was injured in the incident.


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