Teen in critical condition following hunting accident

Hunter-Ed-SafetyHOUSTON – A 15-year-old boy was airlifted from Chickasaw County with a bullet wound to the head following what is believed to be a hunting accident Thursday.

Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy James Myers said the incident occurred about noon off of Enon Road in Eastern Chickasaw County after the youth were wrapping up a morning deer hunt.

“At this point is appears the two were walking out after hunting in the morning and one of the guns discharged,” said Myers. “The young man was struck in the head and the other boy ran to a nearby house to get help and call 911.”

Myers said a bolt-action 30.06-cal rifle was recovered at the scene.

Wesley Brassfield, 15, was airlifted to The Med in Memphis in serious but stable condition about 1 p.m. Thursday. A spokesman for The Med said Brassfield was in serious but stable condition in the hospital’s intensive care unit Tuesday morning.

Myers said the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks was notified and the incident will be a joint investigation with the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department.

“At this time it looks like these two young men were the only ones involved,” said Myers. “The incident is under investigation.”

Chickasaw County MDWFP Conservation Officer Tyler West said he was still conducting interviews Saturday and would not comment on the record about the accident or its cause.

Major Jerry Carter, MDWFP spokesman, said Monday it appears the two boys were walking single file and in moving the gun it discharged striking Brassfield in the back right corner of the head.

“The investigation is on-going and it appears to be a tragic accident,” said Carter. “In hunter education courses we stress that the muzzle should always be pointed in a safe direction and guns should be unloaded at the end of the hunt.”

Carter said no charges had been filed as of Monday.

This is the first major hunting accident in Chickasaw County in almost two years.

In April 2012, two men were transported to North Mississippi Medical Center following a turkey hunting accident in northeast Chickasaw County.

According to Lt. Randy Newell, a spokesman for MDWFP, four men who knew each other were turkey hunting off of Highway 41 near the Natchez Trace Parkway when two were shot around 5:10 p.m. that day

Lewis Frazier, 53, and Trey MacAlister, 56, were accidentally shot by Charles Hall with one shot from a shotgun. Both men later recovered from this incident.


Hunter falls out of deer stand


Emergency crews and Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks conservation officers were called to property east of Houston Saturday night to help a hunter who had fallen out of a deer stand.

MDWFP Conservation Officer Tyler West said Tommy Beasley, of Verona, fell out of his deer stand and injured his head and back and used a cell phone to call for help about 7:30 p.m.

Chickasaw County emergency crews responded to the scene and had to use a basket-stretcher to carry Beasley several hundred yards to a four-wheel drive truck. That truck was then driven to an ambulance waiting at 1952 Highway 8 East.

Beasley was taken by ambulance to North Mississippi Medical Center about 9 p.m., where he was treated and released.

“The only problem we had was when he initially called, his wife didn’t know where he was hunting and that delayed getting him help,” said West. “We ended up getting a family member who knew where this stand was to call us and direct us to Beasley.”

West urged hunters to always leave information with family or friends about where they are hunting and when they will return.

The Houston Fire Department, Chickasaw County Emergency Management Agency personnel and the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the emergency.

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