Southland fishers are concerned they may have been fired on by a sheriff’s deputy during a fishing trip they were taking last week.
The sheriff’s office issued a statement Thursday saying it “was not aware of any incidents of the type of events described.”
The sheriff also said the department is looking into the incident.
Sheriff’s officials have not released the name of the deputy involved.
In a Facebook post Thursday, the sheriff’s department said the deputies were on patrol of a lake and stopped to check on the boat that had drifted into the lake.
The sheriff’s statement said the boat was traveling in the opposite direction of the patrol and the deputy asked the boat crew to move away from the water.
The deputy then fired three shots at the boat, striking one of the fishermen.
The boat was towed away by a rescue helicopter.
The fishermen are now receiving support from the Southland County Sheriff’s Office.