Shooting investigation ongoing in Brownstown

Officers with the Indiana State Police are investigating an accidental shooting reported early Thursday that left a Brownstown man and his 5-year-old son injured.

The investigation began shortly after midnight when the 40-year-old man and his son showed up at the emergency room at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour seeking treatment for gunshot wounds to their legs, according to a news release from Sgt. Stephen Wheeles.

The man was treated and released while the boy was transferred to Riley Children’s Health Indiana University Health in Indianapolis for further treatment, said Wheeles, who is the Versailles Post’s public information officer. He said the boy was expected to be released.

The investigation centered on the man’s home in the 1000 block of West Oak Street, where the shooting allegedly occurred, Wheeles said.

That investigation, led by Detective Nate Adams, was able to determine the man was handling a handgun in the living room when it accidentally fired and the bullet traveled through the man’s leg and entered the leg of the boy who also was in the room.

The investigation, conducted with other detectives and crime scene technicians, is ongoing at this time. When it is complete, the case will be forwarded to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

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