HOUSTON – A 15-year-old boy was airlifted from Chickasaw County with a bullet wound to the head following what is believed to be a hunting accident Thursday.
Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy James Myers said the incident occurred about noon off of Enon Road in Eastern Chickasaw County after the youth were wrapping up a morning deer hunt.
“At this point is appears the two were walking out after hunting in the morning and one of the guns discharged,” said Myers. “The young man was struck in the head and the other boy ran to a nearby house to get help and call 911.”
Myers said a 30.06-cal rifle was recovered at the scene.
“Emergency crews were called to get him out of the woods and he was transported to Trace Regional Hospital by ambulance,” said Myers. “No charges have been filed and it looks like a tragic hunting accident.”
Myers said both boys were 15 and their names are not being released at this time.
South East Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene as did the Houston Police Department.
Emergency personnel at the hospital said the youth was in serious but stable condition when he was airlifted to a Memphis hospital about 1 p.m.
Myers said the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks has been notified and the incident will be a joint investigation with the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department.
“At this time it looks like these two young men were the only ones involved,” said Myers. “The incident is under investigation.”
This is the first major hunting accident in Chickasaw County in almost two years.
In April 2012, two men were transported to North Mississippi Medical Center following a turkey hunting accident in northeast Chickasaw County.
According to Lt. Randy Newell, a spokesman with Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, four men who knew each other were turkey hunting off of Highway 41 near the Natchez Trace Parkway when two were shot around 5:10 p.m. that day
Lewis Frazier, 53, and Trey MacAlister, 56, were reportedly accidentally shot by Charles Hall with one shot from a shotgun.