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San Mateo County Sheriff’s Deputy Shot During Drug Smuggling Investigation

A San Mateo County sheriff’s deputy was shot in the foot Sunday while helping the Department of Homeland Security capture suspected drug smugglers near Año Nuevo State Park, according to a police spokesman.

The shooting occurred as the deputy arrived at the scene about 4:30 a.m., said sheriff’s Detective Sal Zuno.

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting and few details were available Thursday, but Zuno said the deputy was not shot by one of the suspects who was arrested.

“The injury was not related to the operation,” Zuno said. “Investigators are going to work to determine what happened, how it happened, make the necessary corrections and move forward.”

The deputy, a 10-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, is expected to make a full recovery, Zuno said.

More than a dozen deputies were summoned Sunday to help the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations intercept a boat believed to be smuggling drugs. Three people were arrested when it landed at Año Nuevo State Park.

James Schwab, a spokesman for the federal agency, said more details about the operation could be released next week.

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