HEMLOCK – A 7-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his 9-year-old brother on July 11 about 12 miles south of Tillamook, said Tillamook County Sheriff Todd Anderson.
Prowdy “Jack” Walker, 9, of Cloverdale, died of a gunshot wound, said Anderson.
He and his younger brother had been with their stepfather about 2.5 miles up Wildcat Road, a U.S. Forest Service road off East Beaver Creek Road, when the shooting occurred, said Anderson.
“From the information we had, the stepdad took the 7- and 9-year-old up to shoot,” said Anderson.
“The 7-year-old had a .22 rifle,” he continued. “He turned and accidentally discharged the rifle, striking the 9-year-old.”
The stepfather used his cellular phone to call 911, then attempted CPR before “packing the 7-year-old around a Forest Service gate where they met personnel from the Sheriff’s Office, Nestucca Fire and Tillamook Ambulance,” said Anderson. “The step-father was on scene and was doing CPR upon the arrival of fire and rescue units.”
An ambulance crew transported the 9-year-old to Tillamook County General Hospital, where, about one hour after arrival, a physician pronounced him dead, said Anderson.
The Oregon Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy on the 9-year-old Walker on July 12, he said.
The Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the incident.
“It’s a tragic accident,” said Anderson. “We don’t have a lot of accidental gunshot wounds in Tillamook County, especially fatal ones.”
The last such incident occurred about 15 years ago when a hunter accidentally shot and killed a fellow hunter, he said.
The incident occurred in the Siuslaw’s Hebo Ranger District.
Target shooting is permitted in the Siuslaw National Forest, with certain restrictions.
A short obituary on Walker appears on page A8 of this week’s print edition of the Headlight Herald and under the Obituaries section on this website.
A full obituary is planned for the July 21 print and online editions of the Headlight Herald.