Tahlequah Daily Press

Crime & Courts

June 11, 2013

Man accidently shoots self after drinking beer

TAHLEQUAH — Sheriff’s deputies responded to a disturbance call Sunday involving a Tahlequah man who shot himself while cleaning a firearm. Heath Brownell, 21, told investigators he received a self-inflicted gun shot wound to his left hand when he tried to release the slide on his Springfield XD .45 caliber ACP handgun.

Brownell was reported to be on the front porch of the North Blackfox Hollow Road residence. The bullet was said to have traveled through Brownell’s hand through the wall located to the left of the front door on the residence and through a cabinet door underneath the kitchen sink where it was found lodged in the wall. A large puddle of blood was found on the northeast corner of the porch in front of a green plastic patio chair.

Brownell was reported to smell of alcohol, and Brownell said he had consumed several cans of beer several hours before the incident. He was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment.

Laronda Skaggs spoke to deputies last Thursday to report a known suspect made threats to she and another relative. Skaggs told investigators the suspect told her he would see her “from behind the heater,” which Skaggs said the term “heater” is slang for gun. Skaggs reported seeing the suspect and another male drive by her residence in a white Toyota pickup before investigators arrived at her home. Skaggs told deputies her relative received a threatening text message from the suspect, who Skaggs said shot her vehicle in 2000 with a gun. The report indicated the relative and the suspect could not be located to be interviewed.

Sue Berry, caretaker for the Nancy Gourd Cemetery, filed a theft report on Friday. Berry informed deputies someone stole the cemetery’s sign from the gate.

Staci Huntley spoke to deputies June 7 to report a known suspect violated a protective order, which restricts the known suspect’s contact with Huntley to discussion about their child. Huntley said the suspect has been harassing her about other things or details not related to their child.

Chelsea Campbell filed a theft report on June 6. Campbell said she left her wallet on the front seat of her car, which was parked outside of her residence. The car window was popped out, and the contents of the wallet were found scattered on the front seat. Campbell reported. $231 missing from the wallet.

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