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Texas Deputy Shot Near Deer Blind Was Injured By 'Weapon Malfunction'

WEATHERFORD, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) -  The deputy who was shot while investigating illegal deer hunting in Parker County was not shot by another person, as the sheriff first told us Monday.

The sheriff is now saying the deputy's gun malfunctioned.

The deputy's body camera captured the moment his gun went off.

Monday, the deputy was at a ranch on Cattlebaron Road in Parker County  just outside Fort Worth, looking for a poacher. The man had been seen carrying a rifle and dressed in all black on Sunday and again Monday.

He'd set up an elaborate deer blind complete with a fenced corn feed.

After the shooting on Monday, Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the shooter had been in a tree and shot down at the deputy. The sheriff described the shooter as a man dressed in black, wearing a hoodie.

Deputies and game wardens crisscrossed the area around the ranch looking for him.

A total of $17,000 in reward money was offered for his capture.

Thursday there was a different story.

"This incident was not an accidental discharge," said Fowler in a statement. "It was a weapons malfunction from a concealed backup weapon which was secured and holstered on his person."

The sheriff's office refused to explain why the story changed, where the poacher is, or even what kind of gun the deputy had on him.

The gun is being tested by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The deputy has been with the Parker County Sheriff's office for two years.

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