Virginia Shooting Hits Close To Home For Florida Sheriff

Jun 14, 2017

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings (left) and Florida Congresswoman Val Demings (right)
Credit Val Deming's twitter

The Virginia shooting at a Congressional baseball practice hit close to home for the head of the Florida Sheriffs Association.

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings’ wife is Florida Congresswoman Val Demings. He says she had initially considered participating in the baseball game for charity.

“Fortunately, she was not part of that. Her schedule would not allow her to participate,” Jerry Demings said. “But, I had a moment today where I went through an uneasiness because I didn’t know whether she was there or not. But, I have been able to talk to her, and my heart and prayers go out to those individuals who were shot today.”

Demings has had to deal with multiple shootings, including last year’s deadliest in modern U.S. history and a workplace shooting that left five people dead last week. In Wednesday’s shooting in Alexandria, at least five people were shot and wounded, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

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