11-year old boy shoots self in Smithville - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

11-year old boy shoots self in Smithville

SMITHVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Police say an 11-year-old boy who fatally shot himself last week apparently thought the revolver was a toy gun.

Lawrence County Sheriff's Department Capt. Jody Dotson says that Jace Freeman was playing cops and robbers with his 12-year-old brother when he put a .22-caliber revolver up to his head and pulled the trigger. Dotson says the boy believed the gun was a toy.

The accident happened Saturday night while the boys played in their grandmother's yard in Smithville. Jace died the next day at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.

Dotson says the boy's brother hid the gun in the woods and made up a story to police because he was scared. He said the boy eventually told investigators what had happened.

Investigators say the shooting appears to be accidental and no charges will be filed. Police don't yet know where the boys got the gun.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Victim says burglar only took money from home

    Victim says burglar only took money from home

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 10:55 AM EDT2018-06-20 14:55:07 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 11:22 AM EDT2018-06-20 15:22:02 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    A Lake City woman told a deputy her home was broken into but only money was missing.

    A Lake City woman told a deputy her home was broken into but only money was missing.

  • Physical therapy could have better results than opioid use

    Physical therapy could have better results than opioid use

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 7:33 AM EDT2018-06-20 11:33:16 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 8:27 AM EDT2018-06-20 12:27:43 GMT
    Physical therapy could have better benefits than opioids. (Source: KATV)Physical therapy could have better benefits than opioids. (Source: KATV)
    Physical Therapy could have better benefits than opioidsPhysical Therapy could have better benefits than opioids

    A new study finds that those who go to physical therapy first for lower back pain may curb the use of opioids.

    A new study finds that those who go to physical therapy first for lower back pain may curb the use of opioids.

  • Unofficial results posted in runoff elections

    Unofficial results posted in runoff elections

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 7:09 AM EDT2018-06-20 11:09:12 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 7:21 AM EDT2018-06-20 11:21:17 GMT
    (Source: AP Graphics Bank)(Source: AP Graphics Bank)
    (Source: AP Graphics Bank)(Source: AP Graphics Bank)

    Runoff elections were held in some counties Tuesday.

    Runoff elections were held in some counties Tuesday.

Powered by Frankly