Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill has been charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct after shooting a woman in Gwinnett County.

In the arrest warrant issued for Hill, he is accused of "practicing police tactics while in a model home open to the public with a loaded firearm."

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Hill was booked into the Gwinnett County jail Wednesday night and left the jail without answering questions from CBS46.

However, on Thursday, Hill released a statement:

"I want to thank you all for your continued prayers for Gwenevere, and ask that you continue to keep her and her family lifted in prayer. As a result the tragic accident, I was charged with Reckless Conduct, a Misdemeanor, in Gwinnett County. While focused on the recovery and healing of Gwenevere, I will simultaneously continue with my duties and responsibilities as the Sheriff of Clayton County. Please continue to pray for Gwenevere and her family."

Hill also has posted on social media that he intends to stay on the job despite the charges against him. He put out this written statement on social media:

"As a result of this tragic situation, I was charged with reckless conduct, a misdemeanor, in Gwinnett County. While focused on the recovery and healing of Gwenevere, I will simultaneously continue with my duties and responsibilities as the sheriff of Clayton County."

Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter previously said he would decide in a couple of days whether to charge Victor Hill for shooting and seriously wounding the woman.

At the same time, Porter also said there are discrepancies between the few details Hill told investigators and the 911 call he made moments after he shot Gwenevere McCord.

“What was said on the 911 tape, which is the only statement we have to operate with, and the initial statements made to the police do not appear to be consistent with what in certain ways with what we discovered at the scene," Porter said.

The Clayton County Sheriff is accused of opening fire on McCord at a model home in Lawrenceville.

Police will not release the 911 audio, but Porter did say Hill told the dispatcher that he was involved with some sort of police work when the gun went off.

"He informed the operator that they had been practicing police tactics and that there was an accident," Porter said.

Porter said he can't give details beyond that right now because it's still too early in the investigation.

When asked why Hill would be practicing police tactics with a civilian, Porter answered “I think you have to ask the sheriff that."

Gwinnett County police said McCord is so badly wounded that she can't tell her side of the story. And, beyond a brief written statement, Hill won't tell his side. "If he were to come forward it would make it easier to try and determine the totality of the circumstances," Porter said.

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