Woman seriously injured in ‘accidental shooting’

Published: Jul. 20, 2021 at 3:50 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 21, 2021 at 10:09 AM CDT
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HARDY, Ark. (KAIT) - A woman was flown to the hospital after investigators say she was accidentally shot.

Fulton County Sheriff Al Roork said the shooting happened around 10 a.m. Tuesday on Nine Mile Ridge near Hardy.

The 33-year-old victim told deputies she was sitting outside in a chair with a .22 semi-automatic in her lap.

“She went to stand up and dropped the pistol,” Roork said in a Wednesday news release. “She grabbed at the gun, and as she did, it went off.”

The bullet entered the woman’s upper thigh and passed all the way through her leg.

She was flown to an undisclosed hospital with serious injuries.

While deemed an “apparent accidental shooting,” Assistant Chief Scott Rose with the Hardy Police Department said that statements provided at the scene were “suspicious.”

He has asked the sheriff’s office to assist in the investigation.

Roork confirmed that Investigator Dale Weaver and Sergeant William Fawcett are investigating the incident.

Region 8 News will continue to track this story and provide updates as they become available.

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