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Pasco deputy wounded in weekend gun battle released from hospital

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Published Jun. 13

Pasco sheriff's Deputy Christopher Stone, who was seriously wounded by gunfire in a shoot-out last weekend in New Port Richey, was released from a hospital on Thursday.

Stone, 41, was wounded while deputies investigated a report of domestic violence Saturday night at 7349 Humbolt Ave., according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

A woman called 911 to report a domestic dispute between her parents. Terrance J. Peterson, 62, had shot at her mother's Alexa speaker and then slapped her in the face, the daughter told deputies.

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Deputies arrived and spent 45 minutes trying to talk Peterson into surrendering. Instead he barricaded himself inside the home and, when deputies entered, started shooting at them, according to the Sheriff's Office.

A bullet severed Stone's femoral artery, and his fellow deputies pulled him from the home. He could have bled to death in minutes, but other deputies quickly applied a tourniquet around his leg to stop the bleeding. He was then rushed to surgery.

Peterson fired an AK-47 semiautomatic rifle and a handgun at deputies during the incident, according to the agency.

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When a SWAT team re-entered the home hours later, Peterson was found with a gunshot wound to the head, but the Sheriff's Office has not said if it came from his weapon or a deputy's weapon. Peterson never regained consciousness and died Wednesday.

Stone is a canine deputy and has worked at the Sheriff's Office since 2017. He previously served as a canine officer with the Dade City Police Department.

Contact Kavitha Surana at ksurana@tampabay.com. Follow @ksurana6.

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