Teen in critical condition following hunting accident
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 bolt-action 30.06-cal rifle was recovered at the scene.
Wesley Brassfield, 15, was airlifted to The Med in Memphis in serious but stable condition about 1 p.m. Thursday. A spokesman for The Med said Brassfield was in serious but stable condition in the hospital’s intensive care unit Tuesday morning.
Myers said the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks was 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.”
Chickasaw County MDWFP Conservation Officer Tyler West said he was still conducting interviews Saturday and would not comment on the record about the accident or its cause.
Major Jerry Carter, MDWFP spokesman, said Monday it appears the two boys were walking single file and in moving the gun it discharged striking Brassfield in the back right corner of the head.
“The investigation is on-going and it appears to be a tragic accident,” said Carter. “In hunter education courses we stress that the muzzle should always be pointed in a safe direction and guns should be unloaded at the end of the hunt.”
Carter said no charges had been filed as of Monday.
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 for MDWFP, 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 accidentally shot by Charles Hall with one shot from a shotgun. Both men later recovered from this incident.
Hunter falls out of deer stand
Emergency crews and Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks conservation officers were called to property east of Houston Saturday night to help a hunter who had fallen out of a deer stand.
MDWFP Conservation Officer Tyler West said Tommy Beasley, of Verona, fell out of his deer stand and injured his head and back and used a cell phone to call for help about 7:30 p.m.
Chickasaw County emergency crews responded to the scene and had to use a basket-stretcher to carry Beasley several hundred yards to a four-wheel drive truck. That truck was then driven to an ambulance waiting at 1952 Highway 8 East.
Beasley was taken by ambulance to North Mississippi Medical Center about 9 p.m., where he was treated and released.
“The only problem we had was when he initially called, his wife didn’t know where he was hunting and that delayed getting him help,” said West. “We ended up getting a family member who knew where this stand was to call us and direct us to Beasley.”
West urged hunters to always leave information with family or friends about where they are hunting and when they will return.
The Houston Fire Department, Chickasaw County Emergency Management Agency personnel and the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the emergency.
- Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
- Click to print (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)
- Click to Press This! (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
About Floyd Ingram
- HLES Performs Nursery Rhymes and Possibilities May 22, 2016
- NEWS BRIEFS: Feeding program, driver’s license and county election commissioners May 25, 2016
- EDITORIAL: Helping those who help us May 26, 2016
- Toppers’ Smith shuts out Newton May 26, 2016
- Hebron clinches MAIS championship May 26, 2016
- Houston Solar Car honored by Legislature May 29, 2016
- NANCY LOOME: Flat appropriations hurt schools May 28, 2016
- BIRTH: John Wyatt Parker May 28, 2016
- FLOYD INGRAM: The best we can produce May 27, 2016
- Vardaman packs gym for graduation May 27, 2016
- Michael Mcalpin: As a kid I spent many an afternoon in the fire sta...
- Hang Abarca: Hi Sharmaine! my work colleague filled in a blank ...
- Sharmaine Sartor: Useful commentary . I learned a lot from the analy...
- Lahoma Stapleton: Hi smithjasmine. I got ahold of a template CG 20 3...
- smithjasmine: Timely ideas , I loved the details . Does someone ...
- RT @wcbiweather: The heat index has surpassed 100 in many spots today. Stay cool out there! #mswx #alwx #wcbi http://t.co/Lt2LRZTDcm 3 years ago
- RT @dennisseid: OSHA: 24 work-related deaths in Miss. last year http://t.co/lgEYYtK7ZR 3 years ago
- Speech pathologists work to better communication skills | Monroe Journal http://t.co/lyHLvb0OS1 3 years ago
- Mumford & Sons bassist has blood clot on brain http://t.co/4xNLMhxaif 3 years ago
- Mobile home fire claims one | Itawamba Times http://t.co/FHouwxbnsp 3 years ago