High School Student Shot in Classroom After Indiana Deputy’s Gun Discharges

Deputy Tim DisPennett

An Indiana high school student was shot and wounded Thursday when a sheriff’s deputy’s gun accidentally discharged in a classroom as students were taking part in law enforcement vocational training, officials said.

Chapman said the shooting occurred in a popular vocational law enforcement class that’s taught by deputy sheriffs from the Vermillion County Sheriff’s Office, WTWO-TV reported.

“During the course of instruction today, they were going through some drills, and during the course of that drill, the deputy’s service revolver accidentally was discharged, hitting one of our students,” he said.

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“During the course of instruction today, they were going through some drills, and during the course of that drill, the deputy’s service revolver accidentally was discharged, hitting one of our students,” Superintendent Chapman said.

“They were going through scenarios today about how to deal with a bad guy,” Indiana State Police Sgt. Matt Ames said. According to Ames, that was when the class instructor accidentally discharged his service revolver.

Chapman added that normally plastic dummy guns are used as part of the class, “In this situation, it was a mistake that was made, on behalf of the sheriff’s deputy.”

Indiana State Police identified the deputy involved as Deputy Tim DisPennett, a 19-year veteran of the Vermillion County Sheriff’s Department, who was instructing a law enforcement class at the school when he accidentally discharged his service weapon, striking a student in the classroom. Deputy DisPennett has been placed on administrative leave.

WTWO

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