Police chief shoots dead best friend in hunting accident

A police chief of a small Tennessee town shot and killed his lifelong best friend in a hunting accident.

Virgil McNeese was hunting turkey when he fired into bushes where 41-year-old Stanley Whitman was standing.

Father of four Whitman was airlifted to hospital but later died from his injuries.

McNeese has been chief of police for the town of Monteagele in Tennessee since 2006 and is a 19 year veteran on the force.

The two men were hunting in a pasture in Richard City, near the Alabama border, that well known by locals as a prime spot to hunt wild turkeys.

Whitman’s son, who reportedly was on the turkey hunt, ran to a nearby home to get help after the shooting, according to WRCB.

Where it happened: The field where McNeese reportedly shot Whitman dead

Where it happened: The field where McNeese reportedly shot Whitman dead


‘Our hearts are with the families and everyone affected, it was a terrible thing to see,’ said Adam Higgins, who heard the fatal shot.

‘I was getting ready for work and I heard a gunshot went off. Normally, up here, it wouldn’t be something you’d be concerned about.’


But he said as emergency vehicles arrived he knew something was wrong.

Marion County District Attorney Mike Taylor said it was too early to say whether McNeese could face criminal charges.

Whittman was placed on life support but family members agreed to switch it off after doctors told them he was brain dead.

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Man shot in hunting accident waited hours to be rescued

Tuesday April 01, 2014 Source: ONE News

  • Loading bullets in a rifle. (Source: Breakfast)
    Loading bullets in a rifle. – Source: Breakfast

The man shot in bush in a hunting accident east of Opotiki yesterday waited several hours to be airlifted to hospital.

The 22-year-old was out deer hunting with his father and brother when the accident happened, police say.

He was shot in the torso when one of the hunting party discharged a high-powered rifle around 10am.

His father stayed with him to provide first aid while his brother ran for help.

The brother found a family friend with a personal locator beacon, which they activated, around 1.30pm.

Taupo’s Greenlea rescue helicopter was then sent to the location of the signal. Rescuers found the man and his father and flew them to Rotorua Hospital.

He has had surgery and is in a serious but stable condition.

Police are investigating and are today returning to the area where the man was shot.

“It is early in the investigation and I will not speculate prematurely on the outcome,” says Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Standen.

“What I will say is that this young man is extremely lucky, especially given the amount of time that passed between the incident and reaching the hospital.”

Mr Standen reminded hunters to take safety steps while out in the bush.

“That includes appropriate clothing and safety equipment as well as communication equipment, such as locator beacons that can save vital minutes and hours.

“Most importantly it means abiding by the number one rule of hunting – always identify your target.”

[Apparently a bullet-proof vest should be considered "appropriate clothing and safety equipment"]


Teen Responsible for Hunting Accident Avoids Criminal Charges


Alliston Herald

BARRIE – A 16-year-old Essa boy who accidentally shot his father and brother in a hunting accident last year has been discharged of criminal charges following a ruling Thursday at the Barrie courthouse.

In January, the court heard how the teen thought he was shooting a wild animal near their Baxter home Nov. 5

According to the testimony, he mistook the carcass of a deer being pushed by his dad and brother in a wheelbarrow along

Photo Copyright Jim Robertson

Photo Copyright Jim Robertson

the train tracks as a bear or a cougar.

The shooting happened at 6 p.m. when it was dark outside.

A slug from a single shotgun blast went through his father’s leg and entered his brother’s hip, requiring surgery.

At the hearing in January, he pleaded guilty to careless use of a firearm.

During the presentencing, the court also heard how the boy had an impeccable record prior to this incident and held top marks at school.

The boy cannot be named under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Judges can issue an absolute discharge if it’s in the person’s best interest and if there is no threat to the public. As such, the teen will not have a criminal record.

Beaver saves doe from certain death by stealing hunter’s gun


Nathan Baron was relaxing over the weekend, sitting in a chair in the woods and tracking a doe with his Remington rifle when, suddenly, nature called. The Maine high school student left the gun resting against the chair, ran back home to do his business, and arrived just in time to see something he didn’t expect to see: a beaver stealing the rifle. “There was a stream … about 100 feet away from me,” he told Bangor Daily News. “I look and there’s a beaver hauling that gun into the water. There was nothing I could do … the beaver went under. That was it.”

Some of the kids at school don’t believe Nathan’s story, but he insists it really happened. “I’m trying to get my gun back,” he said. “If there are beaver marks on it, I’m going to hang it on the wall of my garage.”

Photo Copyright Jim Robertson

Photo Copyright Jim Robertson

Spring Break, 2014: Girls gone to the hospital!

[I heard distant gunshots after midnight last night. They went on so long that it was likely kids around the campfire with no idea what they might hit. What happened to roasting marshmallows and sing-alongs.]


byDavid WaldmanFollow

attribution: The TSA Blog
Five of 38 guns discovered in carry-on bags by TSA agents across the country last week.

Another week heavy on the accidental self-shooters. I’m getting the impression that this was always the case, since the stream seems fairly regular and consistent. But it wasn’t until recently that I really began counting them as a distinct category. This list includes 21 people who accidentally shot themselves, plus one 8-year-old injured by the recoil of a handgun he found and fired. In combing through the posts from early 2013, and keeping tabs as we go through 2014, it seems we can expect to find about 75 such cases each month.All the regular categories were represented: four gun-cleaning accidents, one “home invasion” shooting (in which one “Second Amendments” a neighbor’s property), two holster accidents, four guns dropped and discharged, two cop and/or security guard mishaps, and an assortment of target shooting accidents, “just trying to scare someone” accidents, and “just wanted to show off my gun” accidents.

On the more unusual side, we had our second gun show accidental discharge of the year, plus our first television set shooting in a little while.

The week also took a heavy toll on the kids, with 13 accidentally shot or otherwise injured, ages 2, two 3 year olds, 8, 9, 11, 12, two 13 year olds, 14, and three 17 year olds. Plus one spring break vacationer was accidentally shot with her fiancé’s gun, which discharged when the bag it was packed in was tossed from the trunk of the car onto the sidewalk upon arrival in Panama City Beach. Ah, young love!

In related news, the Seattle Times reported over the weekend that in 2012, more Washington state residents were seriously hurt in accidental shootings than in any year since 1995. It made for an interesting study, because when it comes to accidental deaths due to firearms, the trend is usually downward, which may have as much to do with improved medical care (and available airlifts to that improved medical care) as with improved safety features on modern guns. But injury has its own unique costs, and shouldn’t be ignored in our surveys. Especially if the numbers are trending in the wrong direction. (Though I suppose it’s possible that some of those who in the past might have been killed in their gun accidents were saved by the aforementioned improvements in medical care, only to end up boosting the injury statistics, which would make it hard to argue that such incidents are, on an individual basis, part of a trend in the “wrong” direction.)

I’ll leave that to you to debate, if you like. In the meantime, the latest list is below the fold.

  1. KING CO., WA, February 2014: Earlier in the month, a man cleaning his pistol accidentally shot himself in the thigh. He then tried to drive himself to the fire station but pulled over into a parking lot and called 911 after becoming lightheaded from shock. He was treated and transported to Harborview Trauma Center.
  2. ST. MARIES, ID, 2/27/14: A Benewah County deputy will return to regular duty this week after he suffered a gunshot wound. Deputy Bryan Dickenson was on temporary leave after his 45-caliber pistol accidently discharged, shooting him in the lower leg, according to Sheriff Dave Resser. The incident happened Feb. 27. Sheriff Resser said the incident happened when he was out of town. He said Deputy Dickenson immediately notified dispatch and an investigation into the incident was conducted by the St. Maries City Police Department. “The consensus is that he was getting ready to come on duty and he had retrieved his pistol from the shelf to holster it. When he holstered it, it went off. The only thing he said he thought might have happened is that he inadvertently put his finger on the trigger,” Sheriff Resser said/Summer Crosby, St. Maries Gazette Record.
  3. MEMPHIS, TN, 3/05/14: Bartlett Police Chief Gary Rikard says one of his officers did not shoot a suspect when they served a warrant in Memphis, rather it was a bullet from another suspects gun that hit the man. The information came out during the Memphis Police Department’s investigation into the March 5 incident. Marcus Allen was shot in the hip as Bartlett officers tried to service a warrant for drugs. Rikard says Lontrelle Green accidentally shot Allen during the raid. Bartlett police officers said Green pointed a gun at them so they fired ten shots but did not hit either man.
  4. BUCKLEY, WA, 3/07/14: Officers were dispatched the afternoon of March 7 to an address of 272nd Avenue after taking a report of an accident, self-inflicted gunshot. Officers contacted a 21-year-old man who had discharged the firearm. He was transported for treatment.
  5. COLUMBUS, OH, 3/08/14: A man died in an accidental shooting that occurred early Saturday morning. Columbus police were called to the 1900 block of West Mound Street on a report of a shooting at 2:24 a.m. Saturday. Minutes later, responding medics pronounced the 70-year-old shooting victim dead at the scene. According to police, evidence at the scene indicates the shooting was accidental. Police say they have talked to the shooter, but no charges have been filed at this time. The victim has not been identified as police are working to notify the next of kin. UPDATE: Gerald Irvin, 70, died from a single shotgun wound to his upper body, according to Franklin County Coroner Jan Gorniak. Police have not named the shooter, but a dispatcher said he is Irvin’s brother. He has not been charged.
  6. CONGRESS TOWNSHIP, OH, 3/08/14: A Mansfield man accidentally shot himself in the hand Saturday after his firearm malfunctioned and it discharged while he attempted to fix it. The 21-year-old man was at a residence on the 7200 block of Palmer Road target shooting with two other individuals when the firearm discharged, according to a report taken by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.
  7. GLEASON, WI, 3/08/14: A Gleason man is recovering from a gunshot wound. The shooting happened just after 2:30 a.m. Saturday at the residence of a 52-year-old man, who was able to call 9-1-1 and report he had been shot. The man told deputies he threw a bag containing a loaded pistol on the bedroom floor, and when it hit the ground, the .38 caliber Derringer discharged and shot him in the leg. The man is hospitalized at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. The man’s name and present condition have not been released. No criminal charges will be filed.
  8. MCPHERSON, KS, 3/08/14: A McPherson boy was taken to the emergency room Saturday for a gunshot wound. At about 11:40 a.m. Saturday, two 12-year-old boys were shooting .22 rifles behind one of the boys’ houses, and one accidentally shot the other in the right foot. The injured boy was taken to McPherson Emergency Room. Charges will not be filed.
  9. CHEHALIS, WA, 3/08/14: A vendor who attended a gun show at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds this weekend now faces reckless endangerment charges after a rifle he purchased from another seller accidentally discharged, causing a bullet to ricochet off the concrete floor and go into a display case. Though the gun fired in a room full of people, no one was hurt, said Linda Bailey of the Chehalis Police Department. Chehalis police responded to the fairgrounds at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
  10. DECATUR, AL, 3/09/14: Two people were injured when a handgun went off while being dismantled. The shooting occurred at 112 George Drive around 11:15 a.m. on Sunday. Decatur police say a Jeff David Massey, 24, and his girlfriend, Tammy Lynn Harris, 41, were living in a homemade shed behind the residence and were about to clean a handgun when it fired. The shot struck the Massey in the left hand, and then the bullet struck the Harris in her right leg. Both were transported to Decatur Morgan Hospital. They were treated for non-life threatening injuries and later released. The shooting has been ruled accidental, police said.
  11. EASTPOINTE, MI, 3/09/14: A teenager was shot in the stomach by another young man who was “flashing” a gun while visiting friends in Eastpointe on Sunday, according to police and witnesses. The injured teen is expected to survive, first responders said. The incident took place about 4:30 p.m. when a teen invited several friends over to his grandmother’s house on the 23000 block of Normandy near Nine Mile and Kelly roads. According to the grandmother, Marie Bates, one of the teens had brought over a handgun to the house and was showing it to the other youngsters in the house when the weapon discharged accidentally. “The young man was flashing a gun and it went off accidentally,” Bates said. Eastpointe Fire and Rescue crews responded to the house and provided initial aid to the injured teen, who is believed to be 16 or 17 years of age. The teen was transported to St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit for treatment.
  12. PARMA, OH, 3/09/14: Casualty/Discharging Firearms, Decker Drive: A Parma man, 25, was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center after he accidentally shot himself in the hand March 9 in his home. The shot also injured a dog.
  13. ST. HELENA ISLAND, SC, 3/09/14: The March 9 shooting of a former Beaufort High School basketball and football player was an accident, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman. Witnesses have told investigators that Thomas Parker, 19, was shot in the face when a 16-year-old boy accidentally discharged a gun he was handling, Sgt. Robin McIntosh said. Parker was shot about 6:30 p.m. near Jenkins Point Road on St. Helena Island. Parker, a former wide receiver on the school’s football team and forward on its basketball team, has been released from the hospital, McIntosh said. McIntosh said the investigation continues, but no charges have been filed.
  14. EUREKA, TX, 3/10/14: The Navarro County Sheriff is investigating the shooting death of a three-year old child. The sheriff’s office confirms an 8-year-old shot the toddler once in the head.  The relationship between the two children has not been released at this time. The shooting happened at a home on SE 3144 in Eureka around noon. Deputies are currently pursuing the investigation as an accidental shooting, but have not determined yet if it was an accident. The Sheriff’s office is holding a 3 p.m. news conference to release more details about the shooting.
  15. BRUNSWICK, GA, 3/10/14: Police responded to an accidental shooting Monday. The incident occurred when two men were in the woods target practicing off Camp Road, according to Glynn County Police. Gary Drury, 65 was allegedly shooting at a target, but was unaware his friend 66-year-old William Joseph Crooms had walked into the woods behind the target. Drury noticed Crooms was missing and searched for him in the woods, finding him behind the target in the woods. Crooms was pronounced deceased of a single gunshot wound at 7:09 p.m. No charges have been filed against Drury at this time and a further investigation is underway.
  16. PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL, 3/10/14: A 19-year-old Alabama woman was accidentally shot in the leg as she attempted to unpack for a Spring Break vacation at the Shores of Panama on Monday night. Katlin Brianna Moore, of Quinton, northwest of Birmingham, and several fellow travelers were pulling bags out of a vehicle on the 12th floor of the condominium when Moore tossed a red duffel bag on the concrete, according to a Panama City Beach Police incident report. Inside the bag was a two-shot 9 mm Cobra Derringer pistol owned by 21-year-old Ancelmo Avilez Diaz, the report states. When the bag hit the ground, the pistol fired, hitting Moore in the left calf. Police on scene reported that the bullet went straight through Moore’s calf and grazed the back of her right leg. Moore’s friends tended to the wound until medical professionals arrived on scene. “Ms. Moore was alert and conscious and advised she was in serious pain,” according to the incident report. Panama City Beach Chief Drew Whitman said that officials are ruling the shooting an accident and charges are not expected.
  17. SUISUN, CA, 3/10/14: A Fairfield man was hospitalized Monday afternoon after police say he shot himself in the leg outside a Suisun City apartment complex. Officers were dispatched to the 600 block of Civic Center Boulevard at 3:01 p.m. after dispatchers received a report of a person suffering from a gunshot wound, Suisun City police Cmdr. Tim Mattos said. Officers arrived to find a crowd of people gathered in the area and the unidentified 21-year-old male lying on the sidewalk in a portion of the Village Apartments complex, which local authorities commonly refer to as “the maze” because of the clusters of apartment buildings scattered throughout the area. According to Mattos, the “victim,” who was conscious and breathing, was bleeding from a gunshot wound to his right upper thigh. He provided police with “a small amount of information” regarding the circumstances surrounding the shooting, however, through additional investigation, Mattos said, officers determined that the gunshot had been self-inflicted. The man later admitted to tossing the handgun, which resulted in officers and Suisun fire personnel scouring the area for the gun — including rooftops — but they were unable to recover it. Mattos said foul play is not suspected in the shooting.
  18. OLEAN, NY, 3/10/14: A 28-year-old Olean woman is in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo today after being struck by a bullet from a handgun fired accidentally in her Martin Street home Monday night. Olean Police Capt. Robert Blovsky identified the injured woman as Connie Mascho of 1530 Martin St. The shooting occurred about 8:53 p.m. She was struck in the right shoulder with a bullet from a .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol fired accidentally by another resident of the house, Logan Cooper, 24, who also suffered a gunshot wound to one of his fingers. No charges have been filed, according to Capt. Blovsky. The investigation is continuing. Olean city firefighters transported both gunshot victims in a city ambulance to Olean General Hospital. Ms. Mascho was transported via Mercyflight to ECMC and is in critical condition. Mr. Cooper was treated and released from Olean General Hospital. “At this time it appears that this incident was accidental,” said Capt. Blovsky.
  19. FREDONIA, AZ, 3/10/14: Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an accidental shooting Monday afternoon in the Arizona Strip. At about 1:16 p.m., deputies responded to the area of Cane Beds Road and Highway 389. Investigations determined a 17-year-old boy shot himself when he drew his gun from the holster while he was hunting in the area. The victim was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
  20. FAYETTEVILLE, NC, 3/10/14: A 48-year-old man accused in a shooting in the Gates Four community last week turned himself in to authorities Monday, according to a news release. Gerald Hilton Lord, 48, spent nearly a week at Womack Army Medical Center after authorities said he shot himself in the forearm during an argument with 18-year-old Thomas Earl Jacobs on March 10, a news release from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said. Jacobs suffered a superficial wound during the shooting, the release said. Lord, a delivery driver with GoWaiter.com, an online restaurant delivery service, went to an incorrect address March 10, a Sheriff’s Office attorney said last week. Lord initially pulled his vehicle into the driveway at the home of Thomas Earl Jacobs, 18, on the 6800 block of Towbridge Court, a news release said. After Jacobs twice asked him to leave the property, the department’s attorney said, Lord left and delivered the order to the correct address. As Lord was leaving, the attorney said, Lord claimed Jacobs was standing in his driveway and holding a baseball bat. Lord got out of the vehicle and approached Jacobs, a release said, and later produced a handgun. At some point, the attorney said, Lord was knocked to the ground, and his gun discharged.
  21. FLORENCE, AL, 3/11/14: Police are at a residence in the 400 block of Winona Street, in north Florence, investigating what was called in to 911 as an accidental shooting. Emergency personnel said one woman was shot and was flown from the scene to Huntsville Hospital. Reports were called in to 911 that the shooting happened when the woman dropped a gun on the floor and it discharged and the bullet hit her. Neither the identity of the woman nor her condition was immediately available. The shooting took place just after 11 a.m.
  22. BAKERSFIELD, CA, 3/11/14: The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting by an 8-year-old boy, who suffered a minor cut Tuesday morning after accidentally firing a gun, which recoiled back and hit him in the head. The incident happened at a school bus stop on the 2600 block of North Inyo Street in east Bakersfield. No one was injured was by the gunshot. A KCSO official told Eyewitness News the child found the gun in the street. Officials are investigating whether the gun may have been stolen.
  23. FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 3/11/14: Police have suspended a manhunt in Farmington Hills after the victim’s story didn’t add up. Officers were searching Tuesday for a gunman after an 18-year-old man was shot at apartment complex at the Hunters Ridge Apartments and Townhomes, a gated community along 14 Mile, just west of Orchard Lake Road. Officers arriving at the scene early Tuesday morning were told by the victim that he knew the shooter and that the shooter had already fled in a vehicle. Some Bloomfield Hills schools in the area were put into “secure mode” as the victim, who police say was not a student, was rushed to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. West Bloomfield police officers were aiding in the search for the suspect who authorities described as armed and dangerous. Police later said, in a statement, that an investigation revealed the victim’s story was inconsistent with some of the evidence discovered at the scene.  Therefore, police ceased their search and were exploring the possibility that the victim may have accidentally shot himself on the way to work. The victim was in surgery Tuesday afternoon. His name has not been released. An investigation is ongoing.
  24. CHICO, CA, 3/11/14: A man who accidently fired his gun attempting to scare away a man he was arguing with was arrested by the Chico Police Department early this morning. Chico police received reports of gunshots in the 800 block of Rancheria Drive at about 1:20 a.m., according to a press release. The person who called police stated she and her friends were on a balcony when they were involved in an argument with a passing bicyclist, according to the Police Department. The woman then claimed the bicyclist shot at them several times before fleeing. Officers were conducting interviews and investigating the incident when a bicyclist flagged down other officers and stated he had been shot at, according to the press release. The bicyclist returned with officers to the scene and while investigating, Joshua Douglas, 30, reportedly walked out of his apartment and allegedly “spontaneously stated” he had accidentally fired his firearm while arguing with someone in front of his residence. Douglas was positively identified by the bicyclist as the man who fired a gun and Douglas identified the bicyclist as the person he had been arguing with, according to police. The person who reported the incident was friends with Douglas and had allegedly given a false statement to officers to protect him. According to Chico police, it appears Douglas was attempting to scare the bicyclist away while holding a firearm. No one was injured. Douglas was arrested on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm. The weapon was collected as evidence.
  25. INDIANAPOLIS, IN, 3/11/14: A toddler has been shot on the city’s east side, police dispatch confirms. The shooting occurred in the 2100 block of Mitthoeffer Rd. just after 6 p.m. Tuesday. When officers arrived, they found a three year old girl suffering from a gunshot wound to the hand. The girl was immediately transported by EMS crews to Riley Hospital for Children in good condition. Detectives interviewed the father of the child who told detectives that the child had retrieved the firearm from the couch area and shot herself accidentally. The dad and the child were the only individuals in the apartment at the time of the shooting. Based on the physical evidence, detectives were able corroborate the dad’s version of events and currently have not made an arrest in this incident. Representatives from Child Protective Services have been notified. The investigation is ongoing.
  26. GREENSBURG, IN, 3/11/14: A Greensburg boy died Tuesday night in what police believe was an accidental shooting at his home. Craig Roberts, a 13-year-old Greensburg Junior High School students was shot and killed in a home in the 1000 block of Carver Street, according to our news-gathering partners at RTV6. Police are still sorting out details, but a neighbor told the TV station that a father had been cleaning his gun in his home Tuesday night when he put it down and left the room for a few moments. That’s when a younger sibling picked up the gun and shot his brother. This marks the second shooting death of a student at the school in the last three weeks. In the last incident, 14-year-old Tyler Hall was killed by his father in a murder-suicide. UPDATE: Police said the teen’s 6-year-old brother accidentally shot him. Greensburg Junior High School Principal Matt Clifford said the victim was a student there and involved in drama groups, the school’s television production, the archery team and school choir. Family members said the teen was getting ready to go to an awards ceremony because he just made the honor roll. He also was an inductee into the National Junior Honor Society.
  27. DENVER, CO, 3/11/14: A police officer’s weapon was unintentionally fired while chasing a suspect in an apartment building and a woman was injured Tuesday afternoon. It happened at E. 33rd Avenue and High Street. Officers were pursuing a man they say was wanted for a parole violation. He ran into the apartment complex and hid in one of the units. Investigators initially said a round was fired into the door. There were several people inside the unit. It’s not yet clear if the woman inside who was hurt was hit by the bullet or shrapnel. Her injury was described as “superficial” and she will be OK. She was treated and released from the hospital. Officers arrested the suspect, 28-year-old Lorenzo Banks, on a probation violation warrant.
  28. BROKEN ARROW, OK, 3/11/14: A Broken Arrow boy was hospitalized after he accidentally shot himself with a handgun, police said. Officers responded to a home in the 3500 block of East Aurora Street about 8:55 p.m. Tuesday “for what was determined to be a reported accidental discharge,” according to Broken Arrow Cpl. Leon Calhoun.  An unidentified boy was discovered at the scene with a gunshot wound and transported to a local hospital, Calhoun said. His condition is unknown, police said. Investigators did not disclose the type of gun used or how the boy was able to access the weapon. UPDATE: The child later died. The identity of the child has not yet been released.
  29. CHARLESTON, SC, 3/11/14: Charleston police are investigating after a person shot himself in the hand this morning. Authorities were notified about the shooting at 9:20 a.m., according to officials with Charleston County’s Consolidated Dispatch Center. Charleston police were told that the shot was fired at the corner of America and Amherst streets in Charleston’s East Side community. Investigators, however, did not find any shell casings in that area, police spokesman Charles Francis said. The wounded man later told police he shot himself, Francis said.
  30. BURTON, SC, 3/11/14: A man accidentally shot himself in the face Tuesday in Burton after a handgun he dropped while trying to open his truck door went off, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office report. The man, whose name and age were withheld, shot himself in the jaw and cheek at about 3 p.m. He had wrapped his gun inside his jacket, but it fell out when he reached for his keys, the report said. The handgun fired when it hit the truck bed, the report said. His condition was not available Wednesday.
  31. UNION CO., SC, 3/12/14: A Union County woman was arrested after deputies say she was drunk and shot herself in the foot. Lauren Vassey, 34, is charged with use of a firearm under the influence of alcohol or drugs by the Union County Sheriff’s Office after the shooting early Wednesday morning. Deputies and emergency medical personnel were sent to the home on Belvue Drive where they found Massey and a man in the driveway of the home. The man said Vassey took his gun from his truck and began playing around with it. The incident report states the gun owner said Vassey pointed it at her head at one point. The gun owner said he told her repeatedly to put the weapon down before it went off and shot her in the foot. Vassey was taken to Wallace Thomson Hospital for treatment. She was arrested after being released from the emergency room. Deputies report Vassey was tested and recorded a blood alcohol content of .23.
  32. RAINS CO., TX, 3/12/14: A 13-year-old boy is dead after an accidental shooting Wednesday afternoon in Rains County. Rains County Justice of the Peace Don Smith said the 13-year-old was at a 15-year-old friend’s house on County Road 2130 when the incident took place. The teen died of a gunshot wound to the right side of his head. The 13-year-old and his friend were in a bedroom of the home when the 15-year-old pulled the trigger of a 12-gauge shotgun not realizing it was loaded. The friend’s father was in the kitchen of the home when the accident occurred. The shooting appears to be an accident, but the Rains County Sheriff’s Office will investigate thoroughly. The teen’s name will not be released until next of kin has been notified. Both teens were students at Rains Junior High.
  33. FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, OH, 3/12/14: Kent City Schools is mourning the loss of one of its students today. An 11-year-old boy was killed in Franklin Township on Wednesday in what appears to be an accidental shooting. The alleged shooter is his 15-year-old cousin. According to the Portage County Sheriff’s Office, the two were home enjoying a snow day when it quickly turned tragic. The boys were playing with a gun when it went off. Channel 3 News has decided not to disclose their names, but we did obtain a recording of the 911 call. On the phone with 911, a young male caller yells, “Oh my god! He shot him with a pistol. … They were messing with the guns downstairs.” The 911 dispatcher asks, “So it was an accident?” The caller responds, “Yea, it was a total accident.” It happened on Johnson Road at around 11:30 a.m. When emergency crews arrived at the home within minutes, the 11-year-old Stanton Middle School student was dead.
  34. BOYCEVILLE, WI, 3/12/14: A 19-year- old man is dead after accidentally shooting himself while cleaning a rifle. It happened Wednesday night at the man’s home in Boyceville. The Dunn County Sheriff’s Department says there’s no indication the shooting was intentional or that there was any foul play involved. Emergency crews responded but the medical examiner pronounced him dead at the scene.
  35. MERIDEN, CT, 3/12/14: Police say a Hobart Street man’s gun discharged while he was cleaning it, firing a round through his television and into the wall of his home. Leo Gregoire, 37, of 101 Hobart St., was arrested Wednesday night and charged with illegal discharge of a firearm. Lt. Sal Nesci, the police spokesman, said Gregoire called police about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to report that his handgun had discharged and one bullet had gone through his television and into a wall of his home. Nesci said the handgun was a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson. Officers found one bullet lodged in the wall, Nesci said. There were no injuries and Gregoire surrendered the gun along with three other handguns, Nesci said. Gregoire had a valid pistol permit, Nesci said.
  36. WARNER ROBINS, GA, 3/12/14: A Warner Robins man is charged with Reckless Conduct and Involuntary Manslaughter after a shooting Wednesday afternoon left another man dead. The incident happened around 4:45 Wednesday at Southland Station Drive Apartments on Southland Station Drive. WRPD says the investigation revealed 19-year-old Aaron Taylor of Elko was struck in the head by a bullet from a gun that was in the possession of 19-year-old Marcus Dewayne Sallette. Taylor was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Sallette was charged in the shooting, which detectives have determined was unintentional. The case will now be turned over to the Houston County District Attorney’s Office for further review.
  37. PRATVILLE, AL, 3/13/14: The Thursday afternoon shooting of a 9-year-old boy appears to be accidental, said Prattville Police Chief Mark Thompson. At this time there is nothing to point to foul play being involved the chief said. The boy was transfered by helicopter to Prattville Baptist Hospital about 6:30 p.m. Thursday to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. Radio dispatch logs show Prattville fire medics were dispatched to a home in the 600 block of Upper Kingston Road at about 5:10 p.m. Thursday for a male subject shot. UPDATE 9 a.m.- Prattville police just reported that the 9-year-old boy victim of Thursday night’s shooting was shot in the chest with a small caliber pistol. Chief Mark Thompson said the bullet missed anything vital and the child is in stable condition. Officials say the case appears to be an accidental shooting.
  38. LUMBERTON, NC, 3/13/14: A Pembroke teenager is facing gun charges after accidentally shooting himself at a Lumberton motel early Thursday. Keno Chavis, 17, was treated and released for a wound to a hand at Southeastern Regional Medical Center, according to a hospital spokesman. Capt. Terry Parker said police went to Motel 6 on Lackey Street just after midnight Wednesday following a call from the hotel that shots had been fired and were told someone had gone to Southeastern Regional Medical Center with a gunshot wound. Officers went to the hospital and interviewed Chavis. “He wasn’t playing with the gun, but he was handling the gun when it discharged,” Parker said. Parker said the gun belonged to a member of Chavis’ family. Chavis, who was alone when the gun went off, was charged with possession of a handgun by a minor and discharging a firearm in city limits. A window in the motel room was damaged, but it’s unclear whether the damage, which amounted to $250, was caused by a bullet.
  39. BRONX, NY, 3/13/14: Two men were shot on the second floor of a Vyse Ave. apartment building in the West Farms section of the Bronx about 9:30 p.m. Thursday, cops said. Officers arrived and found Sage Chebere mortally wounded. It appears that Chebere was shot by a 32-year-old man following an argument over marijuana. The suspect shot also shot himself in the leg by accident, a source said. A 9-mm handgun was found near Chebere and a duffel bag of marijuana was found on the fourth floor, cops said. The older man was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital in stable condition.
  40. QUEENS, NY, 3/14/14:  A 12-year-old Queens boy accidentally shot his 14-year-old sister early Friday, police said. The boy’s blasted his sibling in the abdomen about 2:25 a.m. in the family’s home on 164th St. in Jamaica, cops said. She was rushed to Jamaica Hospital with non-life-threatening wounds.  The boy told cops he had found the .22-caliber Colt revolver he fired one time. The boy and his mother were being questioned by cops Friday morning. If his parents were unaware he had found the gun, they would likely not be charged, a police source said.
  41. SAN BERNARDINO, CA, 3/14/14: A security guard at a medical marijuana dispensary accidentally shot himself in a foot on Friday night, March 14, San Bernardino police said. The shooting, with the guard’s own .40 caliber gun, occurred just after 9 p.m. at 3386 E. Highland Ave. The guard was expected to recover, Lt. Travis Walker said. San Bernardino police planned to write a report recommending that the San Bernardino County district attorney’s office charge the guard with negligent discharge of a firearm, Walker said.
  42. CROSS CREEK TOWNSHIP, PA, 3/14/14:  A Washington County woman said she accidentally shot one of her roommates in the head during an argument late Friday, state police said. Louis E. Ruscello, 39, was in critical but stable condition Saturday in UPMC Presbyterian, state Trooper Douglas Rush said. Roommate Tracy J. Chechuck, 26, remained in the Washington County Correctional Facility on Saturday, charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. Rush said Chechuck, her fiance, Lowe M. Hawkins Jr., and Ruscello were drinking in an Avella bar on Friday before returning to the Cross Creek, Washington County, home they have shared since December. There, Hawkins and Ruscello began to fight, with some pushing, shoving and yelling, Rush said. Chechuck got a .45-caliber pistol registered to Hawkins, Rush said. She briefly sat down in the living room with the gun, before entering the kitchen where Ruscello was pushing Hawkins against a stove, and Chechuck tried to intervene. She chambered a round in the gun, Rush said. “For whatever reason, the accused decides to go get a gun to try to scare the victim,” Rush said. “She put it up to the victim’s head, and it went off.” Chechuck dialed 911 to summon police and medical help for Ruscello, Rush said. When police arrived, Chechuck and Hawkins insisted that the gun went off by accident, and she hadn’t intended to shoot Ruscello.
  43. PORT DEPOSIT, MD, 3/14/14: Deputies are investigating yet another careless shooting case — this time after a woman discovered that a stray bullet had shattered a window at her Port Deposit-area home and then lodged in a nearby wall, according to the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office. The woman called authorities on Friday night after finding a bullet hole in the bedroom off the master bedroom inside the home on Pilot Town Road and a corresponding hole in the drywall behind that window, police said. Investigators do not believe the house was targeted, but, rather, that a person shooting a gun at an unknown spot in the woods near the residence did not consider his or her surroundings and the trajectory of the fired bullet, Holmes reported. The Port Deposit-area case was reported about six weeks after a homeowner called authorities in February to report finding three random bullet holes inside his house on AJS Court in Elk Neck — not far from the home where a 10-year-old girl died from a “celebratory” bullet fired on New Year’s Eve more than 14 months ago.
  44. VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, 3/14/14: A Virginia Beach house sitter looking after a home filled with pot and guns accidentally shot himself, leading police to the home filled with pot and guns. Police records show a 35-year-old man called 911 last Friday after the accident. A Beach police officer, identified as J. Lopresti, raced to the home in the 1400 block of Partlett Court to help the wounded man. When he got inside, the officer “observed marijuana, smoking devices, plastic baggies, several cellular phones, several firearms and security cameras in plain view,” according to a search-warrant affidavit. Just before the wounded man was taken to the hospital, he told a second police officer he was house sitting for a friend. Police said the homeowner had a minor criminal record, mainly for alcohol problems. Police seized marijuana and handguns from the house, according to the search warrant. A police spokeswoman said Wednesday no one has been arrested.

‘You Don’t Look Like a Deer’


By Steve Dale,            Tuesday at 8:53 am

'You Don't Look Like a Deer': Animal News
Chris Galentine

Anyone can make a mistake. Clint Galentine was on a nature walk in Florida this past Sunday, February 23, when a hunter apparently mistook him for a deer, shooting him not once but twice with a high-powered rifle.

“I don’t know how he mistakenly thought we were animal[s],” Galentine, 37, told ABC Action News from his hospital bed. Galentine doesn’t even have antlers.

The alleged shooter, Michael Trott, 43, reportedly had all the required hunting and firearm licenses, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials. No charges have been filed against Trott, but the investigation is ongoing, as well as perhaps a suggested eye exam.

Galentine was hit twice in the left side and now has difficulty speaking. One bullet went through his left arm, breaking a bone and possibly causing permanent damage.

“I was in a little in shock,” said Galentine. “I looked around and I was bleeding.”

He says the hunter ran up to him and apologized. Not sure what that apology might have sounded like.

Galentine and his family are pushing for a change to the hunting area and location of hiking paths

You know what they say – “at least he hit something.”

This Day in History: Dick Cheney shoots his friend while hunting


The now famous Dick Cheney hunting incident was February 11, 2006 as the then-Vice President Dick Cheney shot Harry Whittington during a quail hunt.

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Whittington said, “Accidents do and will happen – and that’s what happened last Friday,” a week later.

The NY Times headline read: Cheney shoots fellow hunter in mishap on a Texas ranch

Here’s the official timeline: Cheney, Whittington and Willeford had first shot birds together in a covey. While Whittington was searching for a downed bird, Cheney, Willeford and an ‘Outrider’ (Guide) walked towards another covey about 100 yards (100 m) away. Whittington approached to within 30 or 40 yards (40 m) of the shooters. A single bird flew up, around and behind Cheney in the direction of Whittington. Cheney shot at the bird and hit Whittington. (Source)

Four years later Whittington reportedly told the Washington Post that he bears no ill will toward Cheney. He calls him “a very capable and honorable man” and adds, “He’s said some very kind things to me.”

But the headlines all read: No apology.

Cheney jokes flooded TV programs.

“Over the weekend while on a hunting trip down in Texas, Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot a member of his hunting party. He apologized. In fact, he told Brit Hume that he was actually trying to hit Cindy Sheehan.” –Jay Leno

“Dick Cheney and his buddies go down there hunting in Texas, and Dick Cheney guns down a guy. And they’re hunting quail, and the quail disappeared. They vanished. And reports now that they’re hiding in the mountainous area near Pakistan” –David Letterman

“President Bush says he is standing behind the vice president. Way behind him.” –Jay Leno

“Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot a man during a quail hunt … making 78-year-old Harry Whittington the first person shot by a sitting veep since Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton, of course, (was) shot in a duel with Aaron Burr over issues of honor, integrity and political maneuvering. Whittington? Mistaken for a bird.” –Jon Stewart (Watch video clip)

Hunting accident sidelines Bassmaster champ

Tree stand-related accidents are the No. 1 way hunters suffer injuries during hunting season.

        By              Ed Zieralski Jan. 27, 2014
A tree stand accident knocked Bassmaster Champion Cliff Pace out of this year's Bassmaster Classic.
                A tree stand accident knocked Bassmaster Champion Cliff Pace out of this year’s Bassmaster Classic.                                    

Those who think hunter safety only relates to not pointing any gun, loaded or unloaded, in an unsafe way don’t know the scope of being safe in the field or woods.

Take what happened to Cliff Pace as a prime example of how a hunt can go wrong and not have anything to do with a gun. Pace, of Petal, Miss., is the defending champion of the Bassmaster Classic. He was set to defend that title next month at Lake Guntersville near Birmingham, Ala., but an accident in a tree stand last Friday when he was bow hunting during the late deer season knocked Pace out of the Classic. He broke his leg in two places after slipping while getting out of his stand.

I learned long ago that most of tree stand accidents happen getting in or getting out of the tree. I also learned that if you have a tendency to doze off in the woods when waiting for deer, climbing up into a tree stand isn’t a good idea unless you have a very good safety strap and vest to lock you in.

These are common sense deals, as are most hunter safety issues such as not crossing a fence with a loaded gun, leaning a gun against a vehicle, shooting without clearly identifying a target and background and not keeping a safety on when walking or waiting. But sometimes common sense takes a back seat when a big buck or long-bearded tom approaches.

In California, hunters must take a safety class and then pass a test before getting a hunter safety certificate that is required to get a hunting license. With turkey hunting season two months away, now’s the time to get that hunter safety certificate so you can take advantage of the best season of the year – spring gobbler. …

full story: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/Jan/27/hunting-tree-stands-safety/

Other hunting accidents this month include:

Cullman Times Online  - ‎Jan 27, 2014‎
“This is just a tragic accident, and the young man who did the shooting, who was related to Tucker by marriage, was devastated,” Bartlett said.
WFN: World Fishing Network
U-T San Diego  - ‎Jan 27, 2014‎
Pace, of Petal, Miss., is the defending champion of the Bassmaster Classic. He was set to defend that title next month at Lake Guntersville near Birmingham, Ala.
wreg.com  - ‎Jan 29, 2014‎
But Tuesday, his cousin, 14-year old Trey Wilburn, was shot in a hunting accident. As he and another relative climbed into a deer stand, one of their guns went off, hitting Wilburn.
al.com  - ‎Jan 28, 2014‎
J. Wayne Fears, blaze orange, deer hunting.jpg View full sizeWhile hunting-related fatalities are rare taken in context to how many hours people put in the woods, one is too many considering they are all preventable.
wreg.com  - ‎Jan 28, 2014‎
Relatives say the 11-year-old and his 14-year-old brother went to hunt Tuesday morning in a wooded area behind their home, several miles east of the town of Como in Panola County.
Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News  - ‎Jan 20, 2014‎
ELDORADO – Texas singer and songwriter Steven Fromholz has died in a hunting accident when a rifle fell and discharged. The Schleicher County Sheriff’s Office on Monday said the accident happened at the Flying B Ranch near Eldorado, about 40 miles 
Martha’s Vineyard Times
Martha’s Vineyard Times  - ‎Jan 7, 2014‎
Monster shark tourney organizer dead in duck hunting accident. This 2010 photo shows Steve James, president of the Boston Big Game Fishing Club and.
The Northwest Florida Daily News
The Northwest Florida Daily News  - ‎Jan 6, 2014‎
Tolar is the third hunter in the past few months to be injured. Kirkland said a person was seriously injured after they fell from a tree stand during the fall while hunting and broke several vertebrae. A Milton man was killed in late November when he
New York Daily News
New York Daily News  - ‎Jan 13, 2014‎
An upstate prosecutor is moving to indict a Long Island man who shot and killed a pal in a November hunting accident, the Daily News has learned.
WBTW – Myrtle Beach and Florence SC  - ‎Jan 2, 2014‎
Byers said officials were notified at about 4:30 pm Wednesday, that a father had accidentally shot his 8-year-old son while the pair was deer hunting. Byers said the boy was struck by stray buckshot during the incident and had to undergo surgery
KKTV 11 News  - ‎Jan 5, 2014‎
The Telluride Daily Planet reports Trenten Tyler Sutherland was shot in the head while hunting coyotes with two companions the night of Dec. 27.
Holmes County Times Advertiser
WJHG-TV  - ‎Jan 21, 2014‎
VERNON The Vernon Community is getting behind teenager who accidentally shot herself in a hunting accident Sunday. Doctors in Pensacola had to amputate part of 16 year old Andrea Wright’s right leg.
Post Searchlight  - ‎Jan 8, 2014‎
Matthew Jernigan, 17, was recovered from the Chattahoochee River in Seminole County Tuesday afternoon after he fell into the water while duck hunting with two other teenagers earlier that morning. Jernigan, a junior at Southwest Georgia Academy, Payson 
al.com (blog)  - ‎Jan 4, 2014‎
SUMTER COUNTY, Alabama – A man from the Birmingham area was fatally shot in a hunting accident early Saturday, a Mississippi news station has reported.
CMT.com  - ‎Jan 21, 2014‎
Singer-Songwriter Steve Fromholz Dies at 68 in Hunting Accident. Texan’s Songs Were Recorded by Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Others.
The Providence Journal
CBS Local  - ‎Jan 7, 2014‎
WESTPORT, Mass. (AP) _ Two duck hunters died and a third was rushed to a hospital Tuesday after they fell into the frigid waters of the Westport River when their boat capsized.
MyFoxAL  - ‎Jan 13, 2014‎
The county coroner’s office says 37-year-old Adam Scott Jordan died after another member of his three-person hunting group shot him.
WTVA  - ‎Jan 4, 2014‎
HOUSTON, Miss. (AP) – Authorities in Chickasaw County say a teenage boy was shot in the head when his hunting partner’s rifle accidentally fired.
Holmes County Times Advertiser
wmbb  - ‎Jan 20, 2014

Hunting Accident Victim Shot on Own Property Wasn’t Wearing “Proper Attire”


Wagner pleads guilty to hunting accident

Friday, January 31, 2014

Michael Wagner, the 48-year-old Libby man who critically wounded a Littleton, Colo., man while hunting Nov. 16 near Libby Creek Road, pleaded guilty last Thursday in Libby Justice Court.

Shortly after the shooting, Wagner entered a not-guilty plea, but that changed last week as Justice of the Peace Jay Sheffield sentenced Wagner for negligent endangerment in the shooting of John Cleveland, 60, and for unlawful hunting from a public roadway. Both are misdemeanors.

For the negligent endangerment charge, Wagner must pay a fine of $500 and a surcharge of $35. On the unlawful hunting from a public roadway charge, Wagner must pay $200 and a $35 surcharge.

Sheffield also imposed a 365-day jail term on the negligent endangerment charge, all but 20 days of which has been suspended. On the unlawful hunting from a roadway charge, Wagner was sentenced to 180 days, all but 20 days of that sentence also was suspended. According to the court, Wagner will serve the concurrent 20-day sentences on 10 weekends. Also, Wagner will have his hunting, trapping and fishing privileges suspended for five years and upon completion of that suspension, he must complete a remedial hunters-education safety class.

Sheffield also ordered Wagner to pay restitution to Cleveland, who still is recovering from the bullet wound to a thigh. A hearing to determine that restitution is set for 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 1, in Justice Court.

Cleveland is a vocal opponent of the Montanore mine project. He and his family own nearly 1,000 acres in the area of Libby Creek where the shooting occurred during deer season. The proposed Montanore Mine is located near the Cleveland family land holdings.

Online comments have attempted to link Wagner’s shooting of Cleveland as retaliation for his opposition to the Montanore Project, but during a recent interview, Cleveland said he thought the shooting was nothing more than an accident.

The day was Saturday, Nov. 16, and the bucks were in peak rut. For hunters, it figured to be the best weekend of the season to be in the woodlands, but for Cleveland and Wagner, it was arguably the worst day of their lives.

Wagner was hunting that day with his son about 10 miles up Libby Creek Road. He shot at a mule deer from a roadway and pursued the deer onto Cleveland’s property when he fired again at what he thought was the deer but turned out to be Cleveland.

Wagner and his son aided Cleveland and even transported him to a waiting ambulance that took him to St. John’s Lutheran Hospital.

At the time of the shooting, Cleveland was not wearing hunter blaze orange. However, he was not prosecuted for the lack of proper attire.


Wildlife Hunter and Former Mayor Killed By Hunting Trap


A local politician and wildlife hunter was shot and killed by a hunting trap in the remote mountains of the Philippines, making him the fourth human victim of the “improvised shotgun traps” now used by hunters in the high-elevation forests 250 miles north of Manila.

UPDATE: The original report doesn’t make clear which hunter set the trap. We have corrected this post to reflect that.

The hunter and former small town mayor, Donald Alubia, was killed by a trap sometime after January 16, the news website InterAksyon.com reports. That’s when Alubia and two companions entered the wilderness. When Alubia did not return to camp, a search began.

After villagers carried his body down from the mountainside, an autopsy revealed four shotgun pellets had struck Alubia at close range. Hypothermia was also a factor, as the hunter was shot and then bled to death in below-freezing temperatures at an elevation of nearly 9,000 feet.

At his funeral yesterday in the Mountain Province, his relative Ruth Batane said the new shotgun traps had hurt two local hunters and killed another two, including Donald Alubia. The danger, she said, is in the new practice of adding a loaded shotgun to indigenous traps that have been used here for millennia.