WINDER — The pregnant daughter of a lieutenant in the Barrow County fire department had her arm amputated after a Christmas afternoon struggle over the hunting rifle he reportedly threatened to turn on himself, officials said Monday.
Lt. Todd Orr and his 21-year-old daughter, Tiffany Thomas, were reportedly battling for the .270 caliber rifle when it discharged, a round striking her in the arm before “destroying” his hand and entering his chest cavity, Barrow County Sheriff Jud Smith said.
Thomas, more than eight months pregnant, had to have her right arm severed below the elbow. Orr, 46, lost “three or four” fingers. Both remained in the hospital in stable condition Monday, Smith said.
Thomas’ unborn child was “fine,” Smith said.
“What we do know is there was a verbal argument that started prior to the shooting,” he said. “We’re unsure what the argument was about. Speculation, and that’s all it is, is that the word suicide came out, or that Lt. Orr had stated, ‘I’m going to kill myself.’ But we cannot confirm or deny that.”
Investigators are still attempting to sift through exact details of what happened that day, including interviews from the five other residents present during the incident.
The shooting appears unintentional, Smith said, but the investigation continues.
“We will forward any information to the (district attorney’s) office to determine if charges will be filed,” Smith said.