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PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — Pasco County Deputy Chris Stone is returning to active duty after he was shot in June when a barricaded man opened fire in a New Port Richey home.
Deputy Stone, 41, suffered life-threatening injuries when his femoral artery was cut from from the bullet. The sheriff's office says the quick thinking of his fellow deputies saved him from bleeding out.
"Chris is a true warrior out there," Sheriff Chris Nocco said during a press conference on Thursday.
Stone and his fellow deputies were responding to a domestic violence call early on the morning of Saturday , June 8. The suspect, Terrance J. Peterson Jr., barricaded himself in the home and opened fire when deputies entered.
Speaking for the first time since the shooting, Deputy Stone said the night started out as a routine call.
"I remember all of it," Stone said. "It felt like somebody had taken a garden hose and just turned it on full and stuck it down my pant leg."
Deputy Stone said after being hit, he passed out in the home and immediately thought of his family.
"Was today going to be the last time my wife, my kids and my parents saw me?" he said. "I realized that wasn't going to be acceptable, and I have to get out of the house."
Stone was hit in the leg and went down. Body camera footage shows his fellow deputies apply a tourniquet to stop the bleeding until paramedics take over.
The sheriff's office says Peterson would have faced at least five charges of attempted murder.
Warning: This body camera video contains graphic content