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.
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.