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One Injured in Accidental Shooting in Johnson County

The Johnson County Sheriff's Department is investigating an accidental shooting that took place Sunday evening just before 6:30 p.m. Deputies responded to 5414 Old Smith Valley Road on the report of someone accidentally shot at a residence. A man, who identified himself as Martin Smith, had accidentally shot himself in the lower right leg and toe. Deputies report that Smith appeared to be Intoxicated.

Relatives at the scene indicated that Smith received news over the phone indicating that a close friend in Louisville had been shot and killed. They say that Smith went to his room to get a gun to search for the person he believed was responsible for his friend's death. Relatives reported that when Smith placed the gun in his waistband, it accidentally fired.

The medics on scene were treating Smith and placing him in the rear of the ambulance. Deputies heard commotion a short time later. Smith was climbing off of the gurney and trying to get out of the ambulance. Multiple deputies where trying to get Smith to calm down and get back in the ambulance. Smith is accused of making an "aggressive move" toward a deputy. Smith ultimately complied with medical personnel and deputies at the scene.

The firearm was seized as evidence. No arrests were made, but Smith is facing a possible charge of criminal recklessness.

Last Updated: Monday, October 14, 2013 12:36:59 PM

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