Sheriff: 10-year-old shot by deputy during capture of suspect

Published: Jul. 11, 2014 at 12:09 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 16, 2014 at 2:42 PM EDT
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Scene of the shooting
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Shooting scene near Walmart
Shooting scene near Walmart

DOUGLAS, GA (WALB) - Coffee County Sheriff Doyle Wooten confirmed late Thursday night that a 10-year-old boy was shot while investigators stormed the scene where they said the suspect in a shooting traveled to.

Douglas Police Chief Gary Casteloes said the suspect, who shot an officer in the leg, was captured around 7:30 p.m. The suspect was identified as 19-year-old Christopher Barnett.

Investigators said Barnett was found outside a home in a trailer park on Burton Road in the Bethel community outside Douglas. They said he wandered into the trailer park and had made friendly conversation with some of the residents there.

The family who lives on the property said their 10-year-old son was shot in the back of the knee. Sheriff Wooten later confirmed that the boy, identified by the family as Dakota Corbitt, had been shot by one of the deputies at the scene.

The bullet entered from the back of the knee and exited out of the front of the child's leg. He was initially taken to Coffee Regional Medical Center for treatment, but was later sent to Savannah Memorial Hospital for surgery.

But the situation of how the child was shot remains somewhat unclear.

Sheriff Wooten said a deputy, who was not named, was on approaching the property when a dog ran up to him. The deputy fired one shot, missing the dog and hitting the child. It was not immediately clear if the gun was accidently fired by the deputy.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called to investigate the shooting.

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