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Accidental shooting in Bell County

Date of News Release: 2/22/2018

Blackmont, KY(February 8, 2018) On February 21, 2018 at approximately 8:31 p.m. Kentucky State Police, Post 10 Harlan received a call from the Bell County Dispatch about an accidental shooting that occurred at a residence on Charles Collett Road in the Blackmont community of Bell County. Troopers responded and began an investigation.

Preliminary investigation indicates that an 11 year old boy accidentally shot his six year old sister in the head with a handgun. The six year old was transported to Middlesboro ARH and then flown to University of Tennessee for her injuries. She was alert and responsive at the time of transport to UT. At this time, the girl is reported to be in critical but stable condition.

At the time of the shooting, the children were left unattended with no adult supervision inside the home with several loaded firearms that were not properly secured. Charges in this case are still pending. KSP Detective Aaron Frederick is continuing the investigation.