Category Archives: Accidental Shooting

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.

Killed – Girl – Elyssia (Ellie) Marie Karlsen (Hopkinsville, KY)


A 6-year-old girl was shot and killed by her 4-year-old brother in an accidental shooting in Christian County on Sunday.

The girl was flown to a hospital and taken off life-support Sunday night hours after the accident.

Hopkinsville Police say the children’s grandfather had pulled his pistol out to clean and thought it was unloaded. He says his grandson picked it up, and pointed it at his sister when it accidentally went off.

Killed – Male Teen – Trey Stahl (Marrero, LA)

Trey Stahl

A 23-year-old Gretna man told investigators that he was showing off his recently purchased AR-15 semi-automatic rifle to a group of friends on Sunday morning when it accidentally discharged and killed a 16-year-old friend from Marrero, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Trey Stahl, 16, of the 2800 block of Barataria Boulevard in Marrero, was found by first responders with a gunshot to his neck, lying dead on the kitchen floor.

Christian Cardon, 23, told investigators he didn’t know there was a bullet in the chamber of his new AR-15 semi-automatic rifle when he pulled the trigger early Sunday morning.

The incident occurred around 1 a.m. in the 2000 block of James Drive in Marrero and left the mother of the shooting victim seeking answers to several questions.

Killed – Male Teen – Austin McBride (Springfield, KY)


A 16-year-old boy died Saturday after accidentally shooting himself outside his home in Springfield.

Austin McBride apparently was cleaning his .22-caliber handgun in preparation for a gun show when it went off, shooting him in the stomach, according to a Washington County sheriff’s office report.

McBride was flown to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville and was declared dead by coroner Joanne Farmer about 4 p.m., according to the report.