A Bradford County Sheriff's Office correctional officer who claimed he accidentally shot another correctional officer in the face Saturday evening is now charged with attempted first-degree murder, according to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.
Charles Hendrix, 50, told Putnam County deputies he was cleaning his Glock .40 caliber handgun at a Palatka home about 7:30 p.m. when the gun accidentally discharged, striking Lori Anne Jestes in the face.
Jestes was taken to Shands Medical Center in Gainesville with serious injuries. Deputies said she has improved to serious condition and is expected to recover.
Jestes told Putnam County Detective Robert Smith that Hendrix had been drinking and became physically agressive, punching the wall and pushing her. She said she was packing a bag to leave when he entered the room with the gun in his hand and said "I ought to just shoot you," then pointed the gun at her and fired.
Jestes told investigators that Hendrix did not render any aid after the shooting and she thought she was going to die.
According to the Sheriff's Office, Hendrix made suicidal statements while being questioned and was taken into custody for a mental evaluation, then was arrested and charged. He was being held without bond in the St. Johns County Jail.
Hendrix was fired from the Bradford County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday.