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Hall deputy disciplined for accidental firearm discharge
No one injured in incident
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A Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputy was disciplined for unintentionally firing his issued duty weapon at an Athens apartment.

According to an Athens-Clarke County police report, a woman at an Athens apartment reported waking up Wednesday to banging on her front door.

“(The woman) stated that as she walked to the front door, she realized that a bullet had gone through her wall and into her TV,” according to the report.

Steven Jeffries, a Hall deputy, went over to the apartment “to make sure everyone was OK,” according to the report.

The deputy told police he was getting all of his stuff ready for the next workday in his apartment.

“Jeffries stated that he laid his hat on the counter, and then as he laid his duty weapon on the counter, either because of the jarring of the gun being put down or because of where he had his hand, the gun fired and went through the wall,” according to the report.

The officer noted in his report that Jeffries “seemed very concerned” for the people in the other apartments and wanted to “make things right.”

The officer “suggested that if he needed to work anything like payment out that he should also wait to speak with the females to give them some time to get over the night,” according to the report.

A Hall County deputy reportedly secured Jeffries’ weapon “for their own purposes.”

No charges were filed by Athens-Clarke County.

The sheriff’s office “conducted an internal investigation regarding the incident and (Jeffries) was subsequently disciplined,” Lt. Scott Ware wrote in an email.

Ware did not elaborate on the discipline. The Times emailed the sheriff’s office to reach Jeffries for comment.

“We typically don’t make deputies available for interviews regarding disciplinary actions,” Ware wrote.

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