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7-year-old accidentally shoots and kills 9-year-old brother

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Posted: Monday, July 12, 2010 9:26 am

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.

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  • Uwould posted at 9:27 am on Thu, Dec 2, 2010.

    Uwould Posts: 2

    Well, it has been almost 5 months and my heart still aches. Anyone that wants to leave nasty comments, that's your deal. The bottom line is a life was lost, and many lives have changed forever because of this very unfortunate accident. I pray for those who have bitter feelings, and pray for my family members and others to continue to heal... a long road is ahead.
    I do not agree with people making judgements against the parents, when the real parents weren't involve in this. The ex-step father was present at the time; I do believe he has to live with this loss everyday of his life... punishment enough.
    As for Prowdy's real parents, they were (and still are) very careful to teach their kids safe and ethical gun use practices. It would be appreciated if those comments being thrown around about the parents would cease. You were not there raising these boys, they were, and very well. They will have a hole in their hearts forever, as will the rest of us.

  • foxgloves posted at 10:13 pm on Wed, Jul 21, 2010.

    foxgloves Posts: 338

    I'm glad you don't live in this community, too, TOATBS It's a painful and heartbreaking enough situation already. Why would we want a judgmental, wannabe-a-lawyer who can't even spell the word homicide, much less understand what the ORS says about it. Got ancestors from Salem, Mass?

  • malmond827 posted at 3:58 pm on Wed, Jul 21, 2010.

    malmond827 Posts: 2

    TO all the individuals that feel the need to leave nasty comments....... SHAME ON YOU! Were any of you there during the incident? I am guessing not. Have you ever thought that the family may have read some of your comments? How do you think your nasty words made them feel? A family is mourning the death of a loved on that was an ACCIDENT. So please KEEP your ignorant comments to your self.

  • Quenzh posted at 6:19 pm on Mon, Jul 19, 2010.

    Quenzh Posts: 1

    It is not a contradiction to feel compassion and sorrow for the family as well as anger and skepticism about the manner of Prowdy's death. He deserves a full and critical investigation into what happened. If determined an accident, maybe another child will be spared by adults learning safe gun practices. If any negligent or criminal intent is discovered than justice must be served.

  • dsmeeuwsen posted at 1:29 pm on Mon, Jul 19, 2010.

    dsmeeuwsen Posts: 1

    We need to remember that a mother has lost her son, brothers have lost a sibling and grandparents have lost their grandson. Nothing will bring him back and nothing can change the fact that no matter what "should or could" have been done is going to be changed... We can use the words..."what if" and maybe we should use the words "I'm there for you". Right now, that's the most important part of the whole picture. Being there for the family and helping them to heal. Until any of us have experienced anything like this, we shouldn't be judging. We should be helping. The family have been close friends of mine for many years and I will always support them in anyway I can. Prowdy left a legacy of love and laughter that many won't forget, so please keep that thought in your hearts

  • LadyLuck posted at 10:55 am on Sat, Jul 17, 2010.

    LadyLuck Posts: 1

    This is a horrible accident and the FOCUS of EVERYONE should be on the little boy, who is going to go through life, knowing he killed his brother. You can persecute and prosecute all you want, the bottom line is what is done is done and this family is going to need help.

  • Hedler76 posted at 12:58 pm on Fri, Jul 16, 2010.

    Hedler76 Posts: 15

    Thats exactly what this is " Tiredofallthebs " You are a very heartless person , Just because this happened does not mean that the step dad deserves to do ANY jail time ,This was an accident he did not pull the trigger , Im sure he is in pain just as the rest of the family is ,Yes it is horrible what happened but why think of ways to put them down for it . Didnt God say Dont judge unless ye be judged , You were not there ,you did not see what happened ,nor do you know anything about anything , Im sick of all these people judging this family , What if this happened to you would you want people saying you deserve to be in jail ! GET A LIFE AND STOP JUDGEING

  • tiredofallthebs posted at 5:59 am on Fri, Jul 16, 2010.

    tiredofallthebs Posts: 21

    ACCIDENT!!!???!!!Wow! if that is what the Sheriff calls this incident I think he should take another look at the meaning of the word as well as the ORS....paying special attention to the criminal portion. This step "father" must be charged with criminally negligent homocide and sentenced to prison time. This was PREVENTABLE! and now a child is dead. Anyone condoning this needs to be ashamed at themselves and re-think what this childs life is worth and if you would sing the same bleeding heart tune if it was your kid...........Sure glad I don't live in that community!

  • deeregirl81 posted at 4:17 pm on Wed, Jul 14, 2010.

    deeregirl81 Posts: 1

    He will be missed by all. Our thoughts are with the walker family, All your family in portland that can not be there.

  • Foley7881 posted at 4:06 pm on Wed, Jul 14, 2010.

    Foley7881 Posts: 9


    There will always be those that speak from there rectal area instead of a compassionate heart! I hope they never feel the loss this family has. I have three small children myself and could not imagine. This is not about gun control at this point in time. It is about helping a family heal.

  • Hedler76 posted at 11:21 am on Wed, Jul 14, 2010.

    Hedler76 Posts: 15

    I do not understand why these people are judgeing this family ,Have you never made a mistake , When you made that mistake would you want people making bad comments about it . You need to do some soul searching and start looking at what type of person or (people) you are.This family just lost a child do to an accident , Quit talking out your butts and have a heart for this family . You people make me sick !!!!!!!!!!!! My thoughts and prayers goto this family ,I hope they can move on from this and know now they have an angel looking over them . Rest in Peace Little One !

  • Appraise posted at 1:56 pm on Tue, Jul 13, 2010.

    Appraise Posts: 60

    Words can only fail to comfort in such a time of tragedy and sorrow. Hopefully there is a strong network of family and friends that can attempt to bring solace at this time of grief and bereavement.

  • wifiwaves posted at 9:48 am on Tue, Jul 13, 2010.

    wifiwaves Posts: 98


    "And how do you know all that isn't true?"

    Oh, I dunno...because one of them is dead? They were such super responsible parents who supervised their children at every turn that now one of them is now dead.

    There are no "accidents" where guns are concerned...only the failure to understand the issues associated with their use. Muzzle discipline is imperative, otherwise bad things can happen.

  • 2bfree posted at 7:00 pm on Mon, Jul 12, 2010.

    2bfree Posts: 1

    And how do you know all that isn't true? These are super responsible parents who supervised their children at every turn. It is called an accident because that's what it was a terrible life alternating accident. People who take these times to criticize need to take a second and think beyond their own uninformed beliefs and support the family and community you know.. How will your unsoliciated advice help this family at this time in any way? Sometimes it's best to think before we judge..

  • wifiwaves posted at 12:28 pm on Mon, Jul 12, 2010.

    wifiwaves Posts: 98

    While I have no particular problem with guns and their use, this incident could have been avoided if the parents would have properly trained their kids to handle guns safely. They should have started them off with something -far- less lethal like a paintball or BB gun. Only when they can demonstrate proper muzzle awareness and safe handling should they be allowed to move up with proper supervision.

    As for punishing the parents...I think they have been punished enough.


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