September 22, 2009

Prank ends with deputy shooting jailer

Authorities in Texas said a Bandera County jailer attempting to pull a prank on colleagues was shot in the leg by a startled deputy.

Chief Deputy Don Berger said Daniel Spengler, 22, was shot in the right thigh by Deputy A.J. Griffin early Sunday morning after jumping out of an office in an unfinished area of the new law enforcement center in Bandera in an attempt to startle what he expected to be an unarmed dispatcher, the San Antonio (Texas) Express-News reported Tuesday.

Berger said Griffin gave medical care to Spengler, who was then airlifted to the Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, where doctors said he is recovering from his injury.

The chief deputy said an internal investigation has thus far failed to find any evidence of wrongdoing on the part of Griffin, who was placed on paid leave pending the outcome of the probe. Berger said the Texas Rangers will be asked to review the findings of the investigation.

Berger said Spengler may face disciplinary action.

Our main concern now is getting him better, he said.