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article image1st woman of Navy Air & Sea Rescue Team shot by Sheriff’s Deputy

By Nancy Houser     Aug 23, 2012 in Crime
San Diego - A San Diego deputy has accidentally shot retired Jennifer Orey, 1st woman admitted to the Navy Air & Sea Rescue Team. The sheriff's department was looking for a suspicious-looking masked man in Orey's backyard when the veteran woman was shot in the chest.
According to her family, 36-year-old Jennifer Orey was a swimmer for the Navy's Air and Sea rescue team and the first woman to be decorated with the Navy Wings of Gold. San Diego News reports that Jennifer Orey was shot point-blank by a San Diego County Deputy during a confrontation in her backyard, as she was standing in her pajamas telling the deputies she was the homeowner.
The Sheriff's department stated to the San Diego News, "while in the backyard of the residence, there was contact between the deputies, who had their weapons drawn, and a female resident of the home," said San Diego County sheriff's homicide Lt. Larry Nesbit. "During that contact, one of the deputies fired from his service weapon. The female was struck in the arm by the round."
However, Orey's father and family members said the retired Navy veteran had been shot in the chest and was taken to the area hospital by paramedics. San Diego 10News contacted the hospital and found that the bullet had indeed entered through her left breast, into her arm and through her pinky.
Orey's sister-in-law, Kristin Arzaga-Morgan, told Huffington Post that Orey made it through surgery early Monday to repair the wounds from the bullet that entered her chest, exited through her bicep and struck her pinky finger.
"Part of a bullet ricocheted off and hit her in the pinky, and they also had to do a little bit of repair to her pinky as well," she said.
Jennifer Orey was afraid the noise she was hearing outside was her ex-husband, her brother told Gawker News, before she was shot by Deputy Luke Berhalter, who admitted to being startled by her before he shot. Since the incident, Deputy Luke Berhalter has been put on leave.
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