Deputy recovering after being shot by suspect in New Port Richey

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NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (WFLA) – UPDATE: Deputy Christopher Stone, who was shot in Saturday’s domestic violence incident in New Port Richey, has been released from the hospital.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Stone will continue his recovery at home.

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Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco says a deputy who was shot in the line of duty over the weekend is recovering.

The sheriff’s office says 41-year-old Deputy Christopher Stone was shot in the leg early Saturday morning while responding to a domestic violence call in New Port Richey. Stone is currently recovering in a local hospital. 

Deputies were called to Humbolt Avenue for a domestic violence call around 12:25 a.m. Officials say 62-year-old Terrance Peterson got into an argument with his wife and shot at the wife’s Amazon Alexa.

Peterson barricaded himself in the house for several hours as deputies attempted to end the standoff peacefully. When deputies went into the home, Sheriff Nocco says Peterson fired multiple rounds at them.

“This was a battle. This was an absolute gun battle. And the deputies’ heroism was second to none,” Nocco said. 

Several sheriff’s office vehicles were struck by gunfire, as well as neighboring homes, the sheriff says.

Just after 4 a.m., deputies started deploying gas and sent a SWAT robot in. They say Peterson was found with a wound to his head. Deputies did not confirm if the wound was self-inflicted or due to exchange in gunfire.

Peterson is facing five counts of attempted homicide and a domestic battery charge. As of Monday, he was still in critical condition at the hospital.  

The sheriff’s office says Deputy Stone’s femoral artery was cut by the bullet. Had it not been for his fellow deputies’ efforts, he could have bled to death at the scene. 

Stone has been with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office since July 2017.

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