Category Archives: Accidental Shooting

Killed – Toddler – Noah Chambers (Cabot, AR)

Noah Chambers

LONOKE, Ark. (KTHV) – A Lonoke County man is under arrest in connection with the shooting death of a child.

Friday morning around 9:30 a.m., 30-year-old Vance Colbert Gatlin turned himself in with his attorney to the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office. He was then arrested for endangering the welfare of a minor and theft by receiving.

These charges are based on the shooting death of 3-year-old Noah Chambers which occurred at Gatlin’s residence on July 21.

Investigators said in July, 3-year-old Noah Chambers went to his neighbors’ house on Kerr Station Road, and followed the couple into their bedroom where he found a gun on the night stand.

He then picked up the gun and accidentally shot himself, according to investigators.

Killed – Marvin Bickling (Frostburg, MD)

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FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) — Authorities in Allegany County say a Baltimore man has died after an apparent accidental shooting.

The county sheriff’s office says 35-year-old Marvin Bickling was found suffering from a gunshot wound on Saturday evening at a storage shed facility on Shaft Road in Frostburg.

Bickling was taken to a hospital, where he later died. The shooting is under investigation.

Killed – Larry Hallett (Vero Beach, FL)

Larry Hallett

VERO BEACH, FL, 7/04/13: There is a noticeable void at slip A-06 in the Vero Beach City Marina these days. The Shoestring, the 31-foot sail boat, remains there but Larry Hallett, the craft’s owner and a friend of many islanders, is gone. Hallett—an experienced boat carpenter and massage therapist—accidentally shot himself to death while cleaning his gun as revelers ushered in the Independence Day holiday. When Hallett’s body was discovered, his Taurus 9mm Millennium, a semiautomatic firearm he had been trying to dispose of, was nearby. Harry Wheaton, his friend and slipmate, said the firearm came with The Shoestring when Hallett bought it. “He asked me if I had a gun and I said, ‘No I never want to carry one again,’” said Wheaton, a retired member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Wheaton said Hallett also had no use for the gun and even contacted the Vero Beach Police Department for advice on how to best to get rid of the weapon. Near the body were the gun’s magazine, a gun cleaning kit and instruction manual that read, “How to Clean Your Gun.”

Hallett – an experienced boat carpenter and massage therapist – accidentally shot himself to death while cleaning his gun as revelers ushered in the Independence Day holiday. His body was discovered July 6 inside the cabin of The Shoestring.

Killed – Boy – Brendon Mackey (Chesterfield, VA)

Brendon Mackey

CHESTERFIELD — Chesterfield County police are still trying to determine who’s to blame for the July Fourth shooting death of a 7-year-old boy. Investigators believe someone had been firing randomly in the air and a stray bullet struck the boy in the head.

Brendon Mackey, 7, was walking with his father when he suddenly fell. It was shortly before 9 p.m., as a crowd awaited a fireworks show at Swift Creek Reservoir in the Brandermill community, according to police.

Triple Attempted Murder/Suicide – Wounded – Police Officer (Calais, ME)


CALAIS — Maine’s attorney general says it was reasonable for two police officers to believe they had to use deadly force in a July domestic violence-related shooting in Calais.

Police shot 26-year-old Daniel Pinney shortly after arriving at his home on July 3. They said Pinney had shot 21-year-old Megan Sherrard and their 6-week-old son, Luca. The woman was fleeing with her son.

Pinney later died; an autopsy showed he was struck twice in the chest and once in the arm by bullets fired from one of the officers, but that he actually killed himself, firing a gun at his head.

Sherrard and the baby recovered from their wounds.

CALAIS, Maine (AP) — State police said a shooting in the eastern Maine town of Calais left one man dead and a woman and baby wounded.

Police said the shooting Wednesday evening was an act of domestic violence.

Police said officers shot and killed 26-year-old Daniel Pinney shortly after arriving at a home on Main Street. They said Pinney had shot 21-year-old Megan Sherrard and their 6-week-old son, Luca.

Sherrard is undergoing treatment for serious gunshot wounds at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. The baby also was being treated for a gunshot wound to the foot.

A police officer was grazed by a bullet but is expected to make a full recovery.

State police and the Maine attorney general’s office are investigating the shooting.

Killed – Toddler – Coty Cox (Elizabethton, TN)


ELIZABETHTON (AP) – The Carter County Sheriff’s Office has filed a reckless homicide petition against a 13-year-old boy in the BB gun death of a four-year-old.

The Johnson City Press reported the petition was filed in Juvenile Court after consultation with the district attorney general’s office.

Sheriff Chris Mathes scheduled a 2 p.m. news conference Wednesday to talk about the case.

The incident on July 2 killed Coty Cox. Investigators said the victim, the 13-year-old and a 10-year-old were alone in a mobile home.

The older boys took the victim to a neighbor’s home and said he had been bouncing on the bed and struck his head on a dresser. The neighbor called 911.

An autopsy revealed a BB in the child’s skull. A high-powered BB gun was found at the scene.

Cox suffered one shot that took his life. The incident happened just before 1:00 PM Tuesday at a trailer off Lover’s Lane in Elizabethton when Cox was left alone with his 10-year-old brother and 13-year-old cousin.

Killed – Boy – William Owens (Bristol, WV)



Harrison County Prosecuting Attorney Joe Shaffer issued the following statement Tuesday: “I will present the case to the upcoming term of the Harrison County Grand Jury for their consideration of whether any criminal charges would be appropriate. The reason I’m doing that is because the shooting victim is a family member, but you also have the issue of responsible gun ownership. It’s a good case for members of the community to decide if charges will be appropriate in this case.”


The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department has released information about a shooting on Jarvisville Road in the Bristol area of Harrison County that happened around 11:38 p.m. Sunday.

Sheriff Albert Marano said William Owens, 11, of Jarvisville, was lying in bed when he received a single gunshot wound to his chest. Just prior to the shooting, Owens’ grandmother, Tina Owens, 57, of Jarvisville and Owens’ father heard what they thought to be intruders tampering with their properties outside.

Tina Owens went outside to investigate, taking along a .40 caliber pistol and fired multiple shots to scare away the intruders. One of the shots went astray, said Sheriff Marano, traveling into the house wall and hitting William Owens in the chest. William later died from his injuries.

Tina Owens’ home and William Owens’ homes are about 200 ft. apart, said Marano. Tina hasn’t been charged although the investigation is ongoing. When complete, the details of the investigation will be submitted to Harrison County Prosecuting Attorney Joe Shaffer for further review, said Sheriff Marano.


Harrison County deputies confirmed that a 9-year old boy was shot Sunday night, and died from his injuries.

No other details were immediately available, but Harrison County Sheriff Albert Marano is expected to release more information Monday morning.

Original Story:

The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a shooting late Sunday night, according to 911 records.

The records show the shooting happened on Jarvisville Road in the Bristol area around 11:38 p.m. Sunday. Units did not clear that scene until roughly 4 a.m. Monday morning.