Police identify a Vermillion deputy, who they say accidentally shot a South Vermillion student | News

Officials say a police officer accidentally fired his gun at South Vermillion High School, injuring a student



VERMILLION COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – An investigation is underway after an officer accidentally fired a handgun and wounded a student at South Vermillion High School.

According to police, the shooting occurred just after 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

There was a class teaching students how to become officers. The class participants were doing a scenario rehearsal with the so-called “villain”.









There were eight to ten students in the class.

The Indiana State Police has identified the deputy as Tim Des Bennett, a 19-year veteran of the Vermillion County Sheriff’s Office.







Tim Despont

Tim Despinet (WTHI profile)



Police say a DisPennett member accidentally fired his service weapon and injured a student. The student went to Terre Haute Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

“We’ll talk to every student that was inside the classroom. We’ll also talk to the deputy who was guiding the class and we’ll have crime scene investigators who will go through the classroom and take all the evidence,” Sgt. said Matt Ames of the Indiana State Police.

The principal of the school informed his parents of the following message:







South Vermillion



‚ÄúThis morning at South Vermillion High School, there was an isolated incident in one of our vocational classrooms. The incident was an accidental discharge of a firearm by a law enforcement officer during a training exercise. A student was injured without life-threatening injuries. He was hospitalized with only SVHS It is currently on lockdown, due to an abundance of emergency dataNinel in the building.”

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