Deputy Accidentally Shot While Attending Training

Injury Not Life-Threatening

(Darlington, Md. – August 22, 2006) — A Harford County Sheriff's Deputy was accidentally shot late this morning while attending training. The incident occurred at approximately 11:30 a.m. at Camp Spencer located at the Broad Creek Boy Scout Reservation in northern Harford County.

Sgt. Douglas J. Reppar, 39, an eleven year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, sustained a single gun shot wound to his left elbow. Sgt. Reppar was attending specialized training with the Harford County Sheriff's Office Special Response Team when he was shot. Sgt. Reppar and other members of the Special Response Team were on break from training and were in a pavilion when the incident occurred.

No other deputies were injured.

Sgt. Reppar was treated at the scene by emergency medical personnel from the Whiteford Volunteer Fire Company and was subsequently transported by Delaware State Police Medevac Trooper 4 to Shock Trauma in Baltimore. He is currently listed in stable condition and will undergo surgery to repair the damage to his left arm.

Sgt. Reppar was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in January of this year and is currently assigned to the Southern Precinct in Edgewood. He is also a member of the Special Response Team and a firearms instructor. Prior to his appointment with the Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Reppar served with the United States Marine Corps and is a veteran of the Gulf War.

Sheriff R. Thomas Golding has ordered an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accidental shooting.