West Feliciana Parish Sheriff J. Austin Daniel is recovering from severe injuries he sustained Sunday when he was tossed from his horse, which then fell on him, at the annual Angola Prison Rodeo, a spokeswoman with the Sheriff’s Office said Monday.
Spokeswoman Erin Foster said Daniel, 65, who suffered three broken ribs, a punctured lung and broken collarbone, is expected to make a full recovery.
Foster said in an email Monday that the sheriff was on his horse outside the rodeo arena when the horse got spooked, tossing Daniel to the ground before falling on him.
EMS was on site and immediately transported Daniel to the hospital, she said.
Foster had no idea Monday how long the sheriff would be out of the office but said Daniel plans to keep in contact with his office throughout his recovery.
“So, the day-to-day operations of the Sheriff’s Office will remain the same,” she said.