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Two Accidental Shootings Saturday



Brittany Miller, 19, rural Archbold, was one of two victims of accidental shootings on Saturday, May 7, said Roy Miller, Fulton County sheriff.

Miller was trap shooting at a residence in the 22000 block of Co. Rd. A.

One of the shooters was using a double-barrel, 12- gauge shotgun that opens, or “breaks,” at the end of the barrels.

Two new shotgun shells were placed in the barrels, then the gun was “closed.” When the shooter closed the gun, it accidentally discharged.

The sheriff said even though the barrels were pointed down, B. Miller was struck in the leg.

She was taken by private vehicle to the Fulton County Health Center, then transported to the University of Toledo Medical Center.

Colt .45

The other incident occurred about 2:34 pm at a residence in the 1200 block of Co Rd. E-F, when a group was cleaning and preparing firearms to go shooting.

As the group prepared to leave, the guns were placed in a box, but as the box was being moved, it dropped, and a Colt .45 revolver misfired, striking Shawn Elbert, 48, Swanton.

Elbert was transported by rescue squad, but no further information is available.

The sheriff said such accidents are common with early models of the Colt handgun.

Later models were revised to prevent such accidents.

No Charges

The sheriff said the incidents have been investigated by deputies. Both appear to be accidental shootings.

Reports will be presented to the county prosecuting attorney, but Roy Miller said at this point, there are no charges.



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