Natchitoches Police Department investigate accidental shooting involving juvenile

The Natchitoches Police Department is investigating an accidental shooting that took place Wednesday afternoon.

On December 15, 2021 around 5:28 p.m., officers with the Natchitoches Police Department were dispatched to the 400 block of Hedges Street in reference to a juvenile suffering from a single gunshot wound. Upon officers arrival they located a vehicle that was travelling with the juvenile victim and escorted them to the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center. Detectives were able to determine that the juvenile was playing with the firearm when he accidentally shot himself in the arm.

The juvenile was later released from the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center and was arrested for illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile.

The Natchitoches Police Department would like to remind everyone to follow these basic firearm safety tips.

• Treat all firearms as if they are loaded.
• Keep all firearms pointed in a safe direction.
• Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
• Know your target and be aware of your surroundings.
• Know how to properly operate your firearm.
• Store your firearm safely to prevent any unauthorized use.

If you would like to report suspicious activity please contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101 or if you have additional information in regards to this investigation please contact Detective Rudolph Glass at (318) 357-3878. Remember all information given shall remain confidential.

How to report an anonymous tip via Natchitoches Crime Stoppers:

You can also report a tip anonymously by calling Natchitoches Crime Stoppers at (318) 238-2388. All tips remain confidential and the caller can receive a cash reward up to $2,000 for the arrest of an offender.

Corporal John Greely
Public Information Officer
Natchitoches Police Department

December 17, 2021