DeSoto deputy home after encounter with lightning

Published 1:51 pm Tuesday, July 29, 2008

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — A DeSoto County sheriff’s deputy is back at home after a close call with lightning this past weekend.

A sheriff’s department spokesman says Deputy Derrick Booth may be able to return to work later this week.

Sheriff Bill Rasco said earlier that doctors at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto had treated Booth for an irregular heartbeat likely caused when lightning struck the ground near him Sunday afternoon.

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The 37-year-old Booth had conducted a house check along Wheeler Road and was getting into his cruiser when the lightning strike occurred.