Douglas County Sheriff's Office


 Justice Building • Roseburg, Oregon 97470 • (541) 440-4450

John Hanlin


Date/Time of Release:  08/30/2013 - 10:00
Contact Person:  Chris Merrifield   
Contact Number:  541-440-4486  
Subject:  Accidental Shooting - Fatal  
Date/Time of Incident:  08/29/2013 - 22:45
Incident Location:  3800 block Hayhurst Road, Drain  
Case Number:  13-3564  
Deceased:  Juvenile Male, 16 yoa, Drain

On 8-29-13, at about 2245 hours, deputies responded to a report of a fatal shooting that occurred at a residence in the 3800 block of Hayhurst Road, Drain, Oregon. Deputies found a 16 year old male was deceased at the location.

Deputies found the victim had been spending the night at his 15 year old friend's house. The boys were in the bedroom together and decided to handle a hunting rifle belonging to the 15 year old. The younger boy was handing the rifle to his friend when the rifle accidentally discharged and struck the 16 year old. The 16 year old died at the scene.

The shooting was investigated by the Sheriff's Office and the Douglas County Deputy Medical Examiner's Office and determined to be accidental.

Both boys live in the Drain area and attend school there.

Next of kin has been notified. The names of the involved subjects will be released at a later time.

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