Sheriff’s officials said Jennifer Orey, 36, was shot during a surprise encounter with a deputy in her back yard Sunday night. The bullet first grazed her chest, then went through her arm and ricocheted off her pinky finger.
The incident occurred sometime after 10:25 p.m. as deputies were searching Orey’s neighborhood for a prowler. Someone in a ski mask reportedly had been seen in a driveway on Leigh Avenue.
Orey was at her home a few blocks away when she heard a noise outside, said her brother, James Morgan, who spoke with her in the hospital.
Thinking it might be her ex-husband returning home from work, a pajama-clad Orey went outside.
She told her brother she bumped into someone carrying a flashlight, and at some point identified herself as the homeowner.
The deputy’s gun, aimed at her chest “point blank,” went off as Orey turned to the side.