Off-duty police officer mistakenly shoots daughter

STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) -- An off-duty police officer shot and wounded his 18-year-old daughter after he mistook her for an intruder in their Connecticut home.

Stratford police say the teen had apparently sneaked out to visit a friend late Monday night and came back into the home through the basement.

Her father, 41-year-old Eric Scott, was awakened by motion sensor lights in his backyard and when he went to investigate found the basement door unlocked. He then saw someone in a basement bathroom and fired his service pistol, hitting his daughter in the knee. Her wounds are not considered life-threatening.

No charges have been filed. Scott is with the New Haven Police Department.


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  • by Mr Obvious Location: Spank a kid USA on Jun 12, 2007 at 05:12 PM
    Well, kids are just stupid they drive and act stupid 24/7 need more discipline in this world its leaving along with common sense to sneak out when your parent is a cop or armed in anyway is just suicide. Like a friend and I talked about one time, his wife is armed with a 45 he makes as much bloody noisy noise as he can when he comes home at night not sneaks up on her. Duh, just looking for a bullet my dads armed ring that bell kick the dog trow the trash cans squeal tires all I can dad I'm home here my loud chaos I'm home don't shoot! Man thats funny, sneak up on a armed dad stupid heres your sign honey!!!!
  • by Lisa Location: Belvidere, IL on Jun 10, 2007 at 11:28 AM
    Well, all I have to say is I'm glad she didn't die and that the father doesn't have to live with that. I also know he must feel horrible, he shouldn't, he did nothing wrong, but protect his family. The good thing is this is a lesson learned, I bet she won't be sneaking out again!!! I hope daddy continues to protect his family, love his family and reassure his daughter that he loves her and at the same time remind her that if she had followed the rules this could have never happened and that she is lucky to be alive.
  • by Dianna Location: Rockford on Jun 6, 2007 at 06:06 PM
    It's bad that his daughter was shot but maybe it will start teaching kids that you shouldn't sneak out!
  • by Nica Location: Rkfd,Il on Jun 1, 2007 at 04:06 PM
    I think that it's awful that the girl got shot, but at the same time the man was protecting his home from what he thought was an intruder.So next time instead of sneaking out the girl should ask for permission to leave and if her parents say No, then No it is. And there won't be any more accidental shootings.
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