Man Says He Was Cleaning a Marijuana Grow When He Found a Firearm and Accidentally Shot Himself in the Leg
On Thanksgiving Day about 8:48 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department received word that a man with a gunshot wound was being taken by his father in a private vehicle down Alderpoint Road to the Jerold Phelps Community Hospital. According to a report over the scanner at the time, the son had accidentally shot himself in the leg.
According to Samantha Karges, spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Department, deputies then responded to the hospital.
“The victim, a 20-year-old male, told deputies that he was cleaning a property somewhere in Southern Humboldt when he discovered a firearm,” she explained. “While handling the firearm, the gun reportedly accidentally discharged, striking the victim in the leg.”
According to Karges, “[T]he victim told us that he was cleaning a former marijuana grow [when the accident occurred] and it took about an hour or more to get to the hospital.”
She said the victim was unable to give an exact location of where the marijuana grow was located.
When asked to explain the situation in more depth, Karges added, “Clearly there are some holes to the story, but we are only able to do so much when we have uncooperative victims and witnesses. Of course, if anyone has information indicating that this was not accidental, they are encouraged to call us.”
Karges reassured us, “The victim is expected to survive his injuries.” She added that the case is still under investigation.