Investigators are trying to determine if the Wednesday night gunshot that injured a Drew County man was the result of an intentional or accidental shooting. The 36-year-old man was wounded when the 12-gauge shotgun his 16-year-old son was holding discharged during an argument, according to a news release from the Drew County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies were dispatched Wednesday night to a residence on Arkansas 35 East where they found the man lying on a neighbor’s front porch. He was bleeding from an apparent gunshot wound to the upper right leg area.
Witnesses reported that the man and his wife had an argument and the wife left their home to go to a neighbor’s house. The man followed her and the argument continued.
The couple’s 16-year-old son, carrying a loaded shotgun, followed his parents. Deputies said words were exchanged between the father and son and at some point the gun discharged, striking the father in the leg.
The case is still under investigation and it is unknown if the gun was discharged intentionally or accidentally.
The teen was arrested and placed in detention. The victim was transported to Jefferson Regional Medical Center.