Category Archives: Accidental Shooting

Killed – Frank Wardell Hudson (Hereford, TX)

Frank Wardell Hudson

HEREFORD, TX, 9/04/13: Frank Wardell Hudson, owner of Cowboy Leather Company, was found at his home by police the past Wednesday. His death is reported to be the result of an accidental gun shooting that possibly happened while cleaning a gun.

Killed – Boy – Jeremy Hatfield (Carlsbad, NM)

Jeremy Hatfield

CARLSBAD — A Carlsbad boy is accused of fatally shooting his cousin late Wednesday night. Carlsbad police said Michael Schultz, 15, shot Jeremy Hatfield, 12, around 9 p.m. Wednesday at a home in the 400 block of North Olive Street.

Schultz reportedly told officers responding to a call around 9 p.m. Wednesday that his cousin, also known as Jeremy Romero Martinez, had been the victim of a drive-by shooting. Officers found Hatfield with his sister, Destiny Romero, on the front yard of their Olive Street home, suffering from a gun shot wound to his abdomen, according to a news release from the Carlsbad Police Department.

Hatfield was transported to Carlsbad Medical Center and pronounced dead at 10:32 p.m. from his wound.

A later statement from police by Schultz reportedly revealed that he and Hatfield had been talking outside when he pointed what he believed to be an unloaded gun at the boy and fired.

Schultz reportedly said that Hatfield was in possession of a toy gun during the incident.

Family members indicated to police investigators that Schultz and his cousin were close friends and no animosity existed between the two.

Schultz has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, unlawful possession of a handgun and tampering with evidence. He is being held at the Eddy County Juvenile Detention Center.

CARSLBAD >> A 16-year-old Carlsbad boy was ordered Friday to spend two years on supervised probation for the September shooting death of his cousin, 12-year-old Jeremy Hatfield.

Michael Schultz had earlier entered a plea of no contest to charges of involuntary manslaughter, tampering with evidence and possession of a handgun.

Killed – Megan Bookstaver (Tarrytown, NY)

Megan Bookstaver

A 23-year-old woman was shot and killed when a gun she was looking at discharged inside a Westchester County home Monday, authorities said.

Tarrytown police say they received a 911 call for someone shot at 157 West Main St. at about 4:20 p.m. Officers responded and found Megan Bookstaver, of Hicksville, with a gunshot wound to her head. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to police, Bookstaver was with two other people looking at shotguns inside a bedroom at the home, which is owned by Manhattan entertainment lawyer Robert Gaulin, when one discharged.
It’s unclear who was holding the gun and who owned it. Police also found two other guns in the home.

A Tarrytown man who fatally shot his girlfriend in the face in September 2013 was sentenced Thursday to six months in county jail and five years’ post-release supervision.

Eric Gaulin, 26, could have received a maximum sentence of 15 years following his guilty plea to a felony charge of manslaughter.

Gaulin told investigators that he was cleaning a rifle when it discharged, striking his girlfriend, Megan Bookstaver, 23, in the jaw.

The Mercy College student from the Long Island community of Hicksville was pronounced dead at the scene.

“It makes me torn,” said Grimm, a 23-year-old Mastic, Long Island, resident who befriended Bookstaver, also 23, early last year when they first entered Mercy College. “You would think somebody who has such involvement with guns would know what they are doing. … I’m still on the fence on it being an accident or not.”

Gaulin, 25, the son of a prominent entertainment lawyer, was charged Tuesday with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in the Labor Day shooting death of Bookstaver in a Tarrytown town house.

Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Eric Gaulin (DOB 06/07/88) of 157 West Main Street, Tarrytown, New York pled guilty today to:

one count of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony,
relating to the death of Megan Bookstaver.

On Monday, September 2, 2013, Labor Day, the defendant, his girlfriend, the deceased, and a mutual friend spend time together at the Palisades Center Mall in Rockland County.

They went to the Dick’s Sporting Goods store where they purchased a Savage Arms Axis 243 caliber rifle for the victim in a pink and black camouflage color, along with a box of ammunition for a 308 caliber Winchester rifle owned by the defendant.

They all then went to the defendant’s home in Tarrytown.

The defendant then took out several other rifles that he had in his possession at the house.

At about 4:20pm a shot rang out and the victim was struck in the face by a projectile from one of the rifles.

Family members in the house called 911.

Tarrytown police and EMS responded but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Bail was continued at $50,000 cash or bond.

Sentencing will be on January 27th, 2015.

He faces a maximum sentence of five to fifteen years in prison.

Assistant District Attorney Perry Perrone Chief of the Homicide Bureau and Assistant District Attorney Kristina Dushaj of the Investigations Division are prosecuting the case.

Killed – Man (Weirton, WV)


Weirton Police are investigating a shooting death that took place just after noon Monday in the Weirton Heights section of town.

Police say it happened just after noon on Owings Street, and the victim was reportedly shot in the chest accidentally.

Killed – Randy Michael Bergeron (Royal Oak, MI)


A Royal Oak resident was found dead this morning as the result of an accidental shooting, according to Royal Oak Police.

Officers arrived at at 11:46 a.m. to the Main Street Lofts complex at 111 North Main on a report of an injured person in the lobby, according to a police press release.

The victim, Randy Michael Bergeron, 61, was found with his legally registered handgun next to his body. Cause of death was a gunshot wound, according to Royal Oak Police.

“It looks like his handgun was accidentally discharged,” said Royal Oak Police Chief Corrigan O’Donohue.

Killed – Boy – Alex Pfaff (Shippensburg, PA)


Troopers from the Carlisle barracks are currently on scene of a shooting at a house on Broad Street in South Hampton Township, Cumberland County.

This shooting happened Sunday about 1 p.m. and involved two young brothers who live at the house, police say. One boy was flown to Penn State Hershey Medical Center with serious injuries. Neighbors say the boy who was shot is an eight-year-old.

SHIPPENSBURG – Details about what was found and seized from the house that 8-year-old Alex Pfaff was shot in on Sept. 1 have been released.
Matthew Pfaff, his 6-year-old brother, shot him with a revolver in the Shippensburg area home, while their mother slept. Alex has since died from the resulting injuries.

According to the inventory report, police found a revolver that is believed to be the one used by Matthew, a rifle, a .22 caliber magazine with ammunition, marijuana pipe, grinder, two bottles for prescription medication, 11 other pill bottles and a weekly pill container. Prescription medications at the scene were oxycodone and ondansetron.

Alex had been shot in the head by Matthew while their mother slept in the same room, according to the affidavit.

CARLISLE — A Greencastle mother charged in the death of her son 6-year-old son was sentenced to time served Thursday.

Jessica R. Pfaff, 32, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter Thursday and was sentenced to nine to 18 months in Cumberland County Prison. She had been in prison since Jan. 8, making the sentence a time-served sentence.

Pfaff was charged Jan. 9 with felony involuntary manslaughter, two misdemeanor counts of recklessly endangering another person, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child after the incident that occurred on Sept. 1, 2013, in Southampton Township, inside the home of Pfaff’s boyfriend.–year-old-southampton-township-boy-ruled-a/article_f5722eca-1950-11e3-858b-0019bb2963f4.html

Killed – Louis Lamar McMillan (Mobile, AL)

Louis Lamar McMillan

MOBILE, Alabama — A 28-year-old man was killed early Monday morning during a “reckless” shooting on Hillcrest Road, a Mobile Police Department spokesman said.

Louis Lamar McMillian, 28, was pronounced dead by members of the Mobile Fire-Rescue Department after officials were called to the 1600 block of Hillcrest Road around 12:15 a.m. Monday, said MPD spokesman Cpl. Christopher Levy.

That same day Candis Tinay Barren, 27, was booked into Mobile County Metro Jail just after 8 a.m. She is facing one count of manslaughter in the shooting.

Detectives determined Barren had killed McMillian “while handling the weapon [a gun] in a reckless manner,” Levy said.

It does not appear the shooting was intentional, which appears to be why Barren was charged with manslaughter as opposed to murder.