Saturday, 13 April 2024

Clearlake man injured during accidental shooting

MENDOCINO COUNTY – A Clearlake man received minor injuries after he was accidentally shot in an incident that occurred July 3 in Potter Valley.


Capt. Kurt Smallcomb of the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office reported that the 42-year-old man – whose name has so far not been released – suffered a superficial wound to the front of his groin area and a bullet hole in his pants.


Smallcomb reported that on July 3 at 1:20 a.m. the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center received a cellular 911 call of an accidental shooting that occurred at a residence in the 10000 block of Highway 20 in Potter Valley, near the Lake/Mendocino County line.


The caller reported that an adult female and adult male had been shot as a result of an accident, according to Smallcomb.


When deputies arrived, they found the 43-year-old female from Potter Valley, whose name also has not been released, lying partially inside and partially outside of a travel trailer, Smallcomb said.


The female had a through-and-through gunshot wound to her right knee, Smallcomb said. At the same time they also found the wounded man.


Based on statements and physical evidence gathered at the scene, it was determined that the female was carrying a .44 magnum single-action revolver in a holster under her left arm.


Smallcomb said she stepped into the small travel trailer and had the intent to shoot mice that were apparently scurrying around on the floor of the trailer.


When she went to draw the revolver from the holster, the revolver slipped out and fell to the floor. Upon impact with the floor, Smallcomb said the revolver fired one shot, which passed through her right knee cap, then continued upward and traveled across the front of the man's pants, where it struck a set of keys that were hanging from his belt loop.


Smallcomb said the bullet then glanced off the keys and tore a hole in the man's pants, and continued to travel between the pants and a pair of shorts he was wearing.


The bullet came to rest when it entered the coin pocket of the males pants, where it was recovered for evidence, Smallcomb said.


The female was transported by ground ambulance to the Ukiah Valley Medical Center for treatment, according to Smallcomb's report.


He added that the case was forwarded to the Mendocino County District Attorney's Office for review.


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