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Deputy wounded in training exercise
Struck by bullet that ricocheted
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Forsyth County News


A Forsyth County Sheriff's deputy was expected to be released from the hospital today, a day after he was hit by a ricochet bullet during a training exercise in Dawson County.

Sgt. Brent Weeks, 33, was admitted Wednesday to North Fulton Hospital, where he had a bullet fragment removed, said Sheriff's Capt. Frank Huggins.

"His condition was never life threatening," Huggins said. "He was held overnight for observation."

The incident occurred about 4 p.m. Wednesday as Weeks and about a dozen members of the sheriff's SWAT team were training at River Bend Gun Club in western Dawson County.

Huggins said Weeks was firing a .223-caliber rifle at a target about 45 feet away.

"One of his rounds hit the steel pole cross bar that holds paper targets," Huggins said. "A fragment of the bullet struck him in the neck at a depth between a half inch and an inch."

Emergency personnel were able to stop the bleeding at the scene and stabilize Weeks before an ambulance took him to the hospital.

Huggins said Weeks, who never lost consciousness, is expected to make a full recovery.

Weeks has been employed by the sheriff's office since August 2002. A supervisor with the agency's uniform patrol division, he is assigned to the south precinct.