Georgia sheriff refuses to answer questions after critically injuring woman in shooting
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A Georgia sheriff is under investigation after he critically injured a woman in a shooting in an Atlanta suburb, police said.

Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill shot the woman in the abdomen at a model home in a subdivision in Gwinnett County on Sunday, according to police.

He was released from the scene after refusing to speak with investigators about what happened, Gwinnett police said in a statement.

The shooting was reported to police as accidental and Hill has not been charged, the statement said.

The woman was taken a hospital in critical condition, police said.

Hill was re-elected as sheriff in 2012 despite his indictment on corruption charges that included racketeering. A jury acquitted him in 2013, according to Clayton County court records.

Hill’s office did not immediately respond with comment early on Monday.