Hunter-involved shooting injures 11-year old at school bus stop.
Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Division and Fish & Wildlife Division, with the assistance of the Josephine County Sheriff's Office, are continuing the investigation into Wednesday morning's hunter-involved shooting that resulted in a non-life threatening injury to an 11-year old boy waiting for a school bus in Merlin, Oregon. The names of the boy and the involved shooter will be released Thursday.
Preliminary information indicates on October 26, 2011 at approximately 8:15 a.m. an 11-year old Merlin-area boy was waiting at a school bus stop with another boy at the intersection of Russell Road and Hartsfield Road when the 11-year old boy was shot in the leg. The injured boy made it back to his house on his own power where he contacted his mother.
Josephine County Sheriff's Office deputies and AMR ambulance responded to the home. The boy was transported by ambulance to Three Rivers Community Hospital for treatment of a leg wound.
A 45-year old man, who lives across the road from where the boy was shot, contacted deputies after they arrived on scene. The man told deputies he was in his home when he saw a deer in the front part of his property and shot four times, killing the deer. After learning of the boy's injury, the man told deputies he thought one of the rounds may have struck the boy whom he did not see in the background less than 100 yards from his house.
OSP responded to conduct the investigation and has seized the 30/30 rifle as evidence. The investigation is ongoing and will be forwarded to the Josephine County District Attorney's Office for review and consideration of any charges.