Officials: York-Poquoson deputy accidentally fired weapon during traffic stop

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — A York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office deputy accidentally fired their weapon after stopping two William and Mary law students Thursday night, officials say.

In a news release, the sheriff’s office said the incident happened around 6:40 p.m. in the 400 block of Merrimac Trail, when the deputy approached a light gray Honda sedan.

While the deputy was approaching, the driver of the Honda began to exit the car, according to the sheriff’s office. The deputy told the driver to get back inside, and while drawing their weapon, the deputy accidentally fired a round that struck the driver’s side door. 

The sheriff’s office said no one was injured.

A spokesperson for William and Mary’s Emergency Management Team said in a news release Friday the two students are OK but are “understandably scared and have questions.”

The release said the Williamsburg-James City County Commonwealth’s Attorney asked Williamsburg police to conduct an investigation into the incident. 

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