Hancock Co. Sheriff deputy accidentally shoots himself, dies
It’s a sad day for friends and family who knew Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy John Schmidt who accidentally shot himself in the chest last night.
It was heartbreaking words for some to hear that Deputy John Schmidt was cleaning his personal fire arm and accidentally shot himself inside his home on West Newton Street in Bay St. Louis.
Sheriff Ricky Adam explained he was just hired by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office on December 18th, 2017 as a part-time deputy and was seeking to obtain a reserve certification. He wasn’t there long, but was already becoming a part of the family.
Schmidt was also a retired educator of 38 years at Arch Bishop Rummel High School in New Orleans, Louisiana. His students also expressed grief in the passing of their high school teacher. Sheriff Ricky Adam said, “He was really excited. He was going to be a really, a really wonderful asset to us. It was devastating for us. I can only imagine for his family.”
Former student Matthew Labatut said, “He actually signed up to be a reserve in Mississippi right before this happened so that’s even more disheartening to know that he was trying to help and serve again because he’s such a giving person that he really did care about all of his students and education was so important to him.”
Schmidt was transported to Hancock Medical Center and was then transported by flight care to University Medical Center in New Orleans where he later died of his injuries.