By Bob Gibbins, Press Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 9:44 AM CDT
WELLING - A Cherokee County man was taken to a Tulsa hospital
Sunday after a second hunting-related accidental shooting in the
Freddie Chadwell, 37, knocked his firearm off a tree stand, and the
gun discharged when it hit the ground. The round hit Chadwell in the
left foot and his right leg. Witnesses said X-rays show the bullet
lodged in his right knee.
Chadwell was initially treated at Tahlequah City Hospital and then
taken to Hillcrest Medical Center.
In another incident, Investigator Becky Thompson was preparing a
report Monday to submit to the district attorney's office concerning a
shooting that killed Coty Evans, 14. Evans was shot in the shoulder
with a 20-gauge shotgun being held by a 16-year-old boy.
Thompson said a group of four juveniles - three boys and a girl -
were squirrel hunting in the Shady Grove area Friday afternoon when
the shooting occurred. She said the 16-year-old was knocking weeds out
of the way with the butt of the gun prior to its discharge.
The Department of Human Services has also conducted an
investigation, and their report will be given to prosecutors with
Thompson's for a determination of whether any charges should be filed
against the 16-year-old.
Thompson said Friday investigators saw nothing to indicate any foul
play was involved.
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