Category Archives: Accidental Shooting

Killed – Douglas L. Stewell (Edgar Springs, MO)


An Oklahoma man has died after he accidentally shot himself last weekend, according to a preliminary investigation by the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department and county coroner.

The man identified as 52-year-old Douglas L. Sewell died at Phelps County Regional Medical Center.

According to the sheriff’s department, deputies were dispatched Oct. 18 around 9:24 p.m. to the 31000 block of County Road 6210, southwest of Edgar Springs for a report of shots being fired.

While deputies were in route to the scene, they learned that Sewell had been shot in the abdomen and was being driven to PCRMC by friends.

Phelps County Ambulance District personnel intercepted the vehicle and began treatment on the way to PCRMC, where he later died.

EDGAR SPRINGS, MO, 10/21/13: The death of a man suffering from a gunshot to the abdomen is under investigation, according to the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department. In a statement, the sheriff’s department says deputies were dispatched to the 31000 block of County Road 6210 in Edgar Springs for a report of shots fired. While en route to the location, deputies learned that Douglas L. Stewell, 52, of Oklahoma, had been shot in the abdomen and was being driven to the hospital by friends. An ambulance intercepted the vehicle and began treatment on Stewell while transporting him to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center. Stewell later died of his injuries.

Killed – Kyle W. Anderson (Crescent City, CA)

Kyle W. Anderson

A handing off of a gun led to the death of a 19-year-old Crescent City man on Friday, authorities said Monday.

Cameron D. Anderson, 21, was handing a 9mm pistol to his brother, Kyle W. Anderson, when the gun went off striking him in the left side of his chest, said sheriff’s Commander Bill Steven.

“They were transferring the weapon in an unsafe manner from person to person when … there was an accidental discharge,” said Steven. “Between (Cameron Anderson) and the witnesses spoken to, it was nothing more than an accident.”

The shooting occurred at 129 Whaleview Court, where the victim lived. A Saturday article misstated the address.

Cameron Anderson, of Grants Pass, Ore., was arrested Friday on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment. He remained in custody at the Del Norte County Jail on Monday.

An Oregon man has been sentenced to three years of probation for involuntary manslaughter after accidentally shooting his brother in Crescent City.

The probation term for Cameron D. Anderson, 21, of Grants Pass, came as part of a plea deal negotiated with the Del Norte County District Attorney’s Office and followed his family’s pleas at a sentencing hearing that he not be incarcerated.

CRESCENT CITY, CA, 10/18/13: Authorities are investigating what they have deemed an accidental shooting that took place Friday around 2:30 p.m. at a residence at 145 Whaleview Court Drive. Kyle W. Anderson, 19, died at the scene. He resided at the house. His brother, Cameron D. Anderson, 21, was arrested later Friday afternoon on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment. The child endangerment charge stems from there being small children nearby when the shooting occurred, said sheriff’s Commander Bill Steven. Cameron Anderson, a Grants Pass, Ore., resident, will likely be booked and released at Del Norte County Jail, considering it was deemed an accident, Steven said. At the scene, several people were standing in the frontyard, including a small child. They were visibly distraught, crying at times. A male was vomiting.

Killed – Duran Shepley (Ventura, CA)

Duran Shepley

A 26-year-old man who accidentally shot himself in the head in his Ventura home last week died at a hospital Saturday, officials said.

Duran Shepley was apparently handling a loaded firearm when it discharged and injured him, according to Ventura police.

The incident was reported about 7:05 p.m. Thursday in the 9600 block of Telephone Road.

Officers and Ventura City Fire Department crews responded and found Shepley, who had suffered a gunshot wound, in his home, police said.

He was taken to Ventura County Medical Center, where he was in critical condition until his death.

Police do not think Shepley committed suicide, and no charges will be filed in the incident, officials said.

Killed – Edgardo A. Godoy (Covelo, CA)


NORTH COAST, Calif. – A Rodeo man died on Thursday when he was shot while hunting in the Mendocino National Forest.

Edgardo A. Godoy, 52, was hunting near Covelo when another hunter shot and mortally wounded him, according to a report from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office.

At around 3:30 p.m. Thursday the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to mile post marker 11.2 on Road M1, located in the Mendocino National Forest, near Covelo, regarding the hunting accident, officials said.

Upon arrival sheriff’s personnel learned from a witness that a member of a hunting party saw a wild pig approximately 70 yards uphill and across a ravine from his location. Not seeing Godoy, the hunter shot at the pig.

When the hunter went to the area where he last saw the wild pig, he located Godoy, who had suffered a single gunshot wound, officials said.

The witness – whose name is being withheld as the investigation is continuing – immediately rendered aid to Godoy and called for help on his handheld radio. Other hunters quickly arrived at which time they assisted in rendering first aid as well, according to the report.

Godoy was moved to the M1 Road where first aid was continued until medical personnel from Cal Fire US Forest Service arrived. Sheriff’s officials said medical personnel from Cal Fire and the US Forest Service rendered aid to Godoy for at least 10 minutes, at which time a medical team from CalStar landed to assist.

When the medical flight team arrived, Godoy was pronounced dead, the sheriff’s office reported.

COVELO, CA, 10/17/13: A hunter accidentally shot and killed a fellow hunter in the Mendocino National Forest near Covelo on Thursday, according to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. Edgardo A. Godoy, 52, of Rodeo, died of a single gunshot wound to the abdomen, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office did not release the name of the shooter. The hunter was aiming at a wild pig about 70 yards uphill and across a ravine when the accident occurred, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Not seeing the victim, the hunter pulled the trigger, sheriff’s officials said. The man discovered he’d shot Godoy when he went to the location where he’d last seen the pig.

Killed – Male Teen – Michael Dillon Brawley (West Fork, AR)

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A Washington County shooting left a 15-year-old boy dead late Tuesday afternoon, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded shortly after 4 p.m. near the intersection of Bethlehem Road and Landelius Road just west of West Fork in reference to what was reported as an accidental shooting.

Investigators found Michael Dillon Brawley dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported, and no arrests have been made, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Brawley died of a single gunshot wound, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

A West Fork teen’s shooting death was accidental and self-inflicted, according to a preliminary investigation report released Wednesday by county deputies.

Investigators said it was an accidental shooting, but family members and neighbors believe the teen was killed.

A witness, who asked to remain unidentified, said Brawley got off the school bus and went into a neighbor’s truck. According to the witness, when Brawley threw his backpack into the passenger seat, it set off a loaded gun inside the truck.

The witness said the teen yelled that he’d been shot.

Killed – Dina Dicochea (Red Rock, AZ)


FLORENCE — A Red Rock man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection with the Oct. 14, 2013, accidental shooting death of his girlfriend.

Ramiro Delcid, 21, entered the plea in an Aug. 6 Pinal County Superior Court proceeding. A hearing for a judge to accept the guilty plea is set for Sept. 10, and Delcid is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 1.

In exchange for the guilty plea, the Pinal County Attorney’s Office reduced a second-degree murder charge against Delcid. He had pleaded not guilty to that charge last November.

A plea agreement was signed Aug. 6 by Delcid, his attorney James Soslawsky and Deputy Pinal County Attorney Matthew Long. It calls for the County Attorney’s Office to recommend Delcid be sentenced to 12 years in prison and pay a maximum of $100,000 in restitution. A conviction of manslaughter carries a possible sentence of between seven and 21 years in prison and a $150,000 fine.

According to reports from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, on Oct. 14, 2013, Delcid and his girlfriend, Dina Dicochea, were in a pickup parked in a parking lot at Red Rock Feeding Co. Delcid reportedly unloaded a .38-caliber pistol and pointed it at Dicochea. Sheriff’s officials said Delcid “pulled the trigger thinking the gun was unloaded, but one bullet” was in the gun. The bullet struck Dicochea in the chest, killing her.

A Red Rock man was sentenced to seven years in prison Oct. 1, after pleading guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter.

Both of them were using their cellphones while the pickup was parked, probation officer Christy Aguilar wrote in the presentence investigation report. Delcid later unloaded the gun and pulled the trigger, thinking it was empty. But, he told police that the gun went off and a bullet struck Dicochea in the left shoulder. In his September interview with Aguilar, Delcid said he believed the gun was empty. But, she wrote, he “didn’t really have an explanation of why he pulled the trigger.”

Delcid called 911 immediately to report the shooting. And, when a sheriff’s deputy arrived in the parking lot, Delcid flagged him over to the pickup.

The responding deputy found Dicochea slouched over in the passenger seat. He pulled her out of the auto and began performing CPR. While the deputy performed CPR, Delcid was crying, yelling and punching at a pillow, the presentence investigation report states. But, when the deputy asked Delcid to help perform CPR, Delcid immediately did so, that report states.

Delcid told detectives that he was sitting in his company work truck with 19-year-old Dina Dicochea about 7 p.m. Monday.

Killed – Donald Pigg (Kent, OH)

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A Kent man has been sentenced to two years in prison for killing a Florida man in a hunting accident in the city in October 2013.

Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman sentenced Joshua R. Cook, 28, of 4897 Sunnybrook Road, according to the Portage County Prosecutor’s Office. Cook pleaded guilty to one count each of reckless homicide and tampering with evidence, both third-degree felonies, and two counts of receiving stolen property, both fourth-degree felonies, in April.

Pittman also sentenced Cook to two years in prison for evidence tampering and 18 months on the receiving stolen property charges. Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci said all three sentences will run concurrent to each other, for a total sentence of two years.

Cook was accused of shooting and killing Donald W. Pigg, 56, of Beverly Hills, Fla., while out hunting with him in Kent on Oct. 14, 2013. After the shooting, which occurred within city limits where hunting is illegal, he and Pigg’s son hid their guns.

Kent police said Cook fatally shot and killed Pigg while trespassing on private property in Spring Water Park, a wooded area north of Howe Road between Mogadore and Sunnybrook roads on the south end of Kent, on Oct. 14, 2013. Vigluicci said the shooting took place shortly before 9 a.m. that day. Pigg, a Rootstown native, was taken to Akron City Hospital where he died Oct. 16

Investigators found two long guns hidden under leaves and dirt in the area, and charged both Cook and Donald J. Pigg, 28, of Cleveland — Donald W. Pigg’s son — with evidence tampering for allegedly hiding the weapons.

Donald J. Pigg is free on bond, scheduled to go on trial on charges of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, obstructing justice, a fifth-degree felony, hunting without a license and hunting without a deer permit, both fourth-degree misdemeanors. He faces a maximum of four years in prison.

He told the Record-Courier during an interview just after the shooting that it was “just a freak accident” that took place during his father’s annual trip back home.

Donald W. Pigg, a Rootstown native who died while hunting in Kent Monday, was killed in an accidental shooting by a fellow hunter, according to his son.

Donald J. Pigg said he was hunting with his father and a family friend Monday morning in the wooded area north of Howe Road between Mogadore and Sunnybrook roads when their friend accidentally shot his father.

“It was just a freak accident,” Donald J. Pigg said.

The area, formerly known as Spring Water Park, is in Kent’s southernmost point and bordered by Brimfield Township.

The Kent Police Department was called to the scene at 8:44 a.m.

Donald W. Pigg, 56, was taken to Akron City Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:13 am. Wednesday after undergoing surgery.

Donald J. Pigg said his father spent his life as an outdoorsman, and always made time to go fishing and hunting.