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Sheriff's Deputy Accidentally Shot By His Own Gun Hunting

Updated: Sep 22, 2008 05:55 PM 

Beeville - A Kleberg County Sheriff's deputy is in intensive care after his 16-gauge shotgun accidentally fired during a Beeville hunting trip Friday.

Officials at the sheriff's department said Sheriff's Deputy Michael Campos was attempting to get some gear out of his truck when something got caught on the trigger of his 16-gauge shotgun and it fired.

Campos was struck in the right shoulder.

He was bird hunting with his son on a ranch in Beeville when the accident happened.

Campos was taken to a hospital in Beeville and later transported by HALO flight to Spohn Memorial Hospital. Fellow officers said he underwent five hours of emergency surgery, and doctors had to remove a vein from his leg to transplant into his shoulder.

Kleberg County Sheriff Ed Mata said Campos' son helped save his life.

"His son was with him, and for me, that's a trauma [all] in itself; to have your daddy in that condition and not knowing what to do. It's a good thing his son was there because he's the one who actually went and got help," Mata said.

Campos' son ran to a nearby lodge to get help for his father.

Campos has been working at the Kleberg County Sheriff's Department for almost a year. He remains in fair condition Monday night.

Mata said the hospital staff has not given him much information as far as how long his recovery may take. He also said he has been unable to talk with Campos since the accident. Sheriff department co-workers are asking for the community's prayers.

Online Reporter: Roxanne Carrillo .

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