Panhandle Deputy Was Aiming for Inmate When He Hit Hostage

A sheriff's negotiator says he fired three times at an inmate holding a scalpel to a nurse's throat and a syringe to her chest but accidentally hit the hostage along with the prisoner to end an 11-hour jail standoff.

The nurse is hospitalized in guarded condition with wounds to her side and leg. The prisoner was treated for his wound and released.

Sheriff's Captain Jimmy Stanford said he was aiming at the inmate's leg during the hostage standoff and cannot explain how the nurse suffered two gunshot wounds. He could only surmise the bullets may have ricocheted or the woman's body shielded the inmate as both fell Monday morning at the Bay County Jail.

The police officer says the shooting of the nurse has been tormenting him since it happened.