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The veteran Loudoun County Sheriff's Deputy who accidentally shot his 16-year-old daughter is also a highly regarded leader in his local NAACP chapter in Winchester, VA, according to fellow members.

"It's a tragic accident, and accidents do happen sadly," said chapter member member Darlene Walker who called McDonald a strong leader.

McDonald helped to recharter the Winchester chapter of the NAACP, and served as its president as late as 2012.

Around 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning, McDonald heard a commotion coming from the garage of his Winchester home, Frederick County investigators said. When a dark figure came towards him, McDonald fired a pistol at it, that figure turned out to be his 16-year-old daughter.

McDonald's family gathered at their home to pray and support one another on Thursday, as his daughter continues to recover from her injuries at Winchester Medical Center Hospital.

McDonald is on paid administrative leave while authorities continue their investigation of the incident.

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