SEVEN SPRINGS — A Pasco sheriff’s deputy was recuperating Monday morning in an area hospital after suffering a life-threatening gunshot wound while responding to a domestic violence call early on the morning of June 8, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The man who the Sheriff’s Office said shot the Deputy Christopher Stone in the leg, Terrance Peterson, was in critical condition in an area hospital.
Sheriff Chris Nocco was scheduled to hold a news conference at noon Monday to talk about his deputies’ actions during the incident.
Early reports from the Sheriff’s Office said the gunshot wound Stone received to his leg was “believed to be non-life-threatening.” Later reports, however, said the bullet had severed one of Stone’s femoral arteries and he was at risk of bleeding to death.
Stone could have bleed to death if his colleagues at the shooting scene had not taken steps to stem the bleeding.
Stone, 41, has been with the Sheriff’s Office since 2017.
When deputies responded to a domestic dispute call in the 7300 block of Humboldt Avenue, off Seven Spring Boulevard, Peterson, 62, barricaded himself inside the residence after deputies noted his wife showed signs of being battered. After “numerous deputies” arrived on scene in response to the incident they waited an hour to try to resolve the situation peacefully, Nocco said during a news conference near the shooting scene. Peterson, however, was not responding when deputies tried to talk to him, the sheriff said.
At 1:58 a.m., deputies entered the house to take Peterson into custody but “numerous” shots were fired at them from inside a bedroom, Nocco said. Peterson was known to have a handgun and semiautomatic rifle, the sheriff said.
According to an arrest affidavit, Peterson has a tattoo on his left calf of a red numeral 1, the symbol the U.S. Army’s First Infantry Division.
After Stone was struck in the leg and went down, deputies began evacuating Stone from the house but came under a hail of gunfire. Peterson was attempting to kill everyone who was outside the residence, “all those deputies,” Nocco said.
While other deputies continued to move Stone to safety, one deputy returned suppressing fire, said Nocco. He hailed the “heroism” of the deputies on the scene, calling it “second to none.
In response to the tactical medical training they received, deputies placed a tourniquet on Stone’s wounded leg and then Pasco Fire Rescue transported the deputy to the Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, where he underwent surgery to repair the damaged artery.
After what Nocco described as the “gun battle,” the SWAT team and negotiators arrived on scene but their efforts to talk to Peterson met with no response. At 4 a.m., the SWAT team deployed gas into the house and then sent in a robot, which showed that Peterson was lying on the floor and bleeding.
The Sheriff’s Office medic, who is a former Special Forces soldier, attended to the wound to Peterson’s head before he was also transported to the hospital.
During the news conference, Nocco said he had been told Peterson “might” survive his wound. If he does, he likely will face at least five counts of attempted homicide and one of domestic battery.
The couple’s daughter said her parents fought often but the incident were never reported until June 8, when Peterson shot his wife’s Amazon Alexa virtual assistant device during a fight.