FHP trooper accidentally shot

Happened during gun inspection in Belle Glade

BELLE GLADE— A Florida Highway Patrol trooper was accidentally shot Monday night during a gun inspection, FHP's Lt. Tim Frith said.

Trooper Mellow Scheetz, a firearms instructor, was taken to Delray Medical Center by trauma hawk for injuries that were not life threatening after she was shot in the buttock. She was released from the hospital after treatment.

Scheetz, who works for FHP's Fort Pierce district, was at the Belle Glade Correctional Training Facility just before 10 p.m. doing routine weapons inspections.

A supervisor was inspecting a weapon when he accidentally discharged it and a round struck Scheetz, Frith said.

The supervisor has been placed on administrative leave for three days, which is standard procedure Frith said. The supervisor's name has not been released yet.

An investigation of the accidental shooting is continuing.

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