PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

October 22, 2013

UPDATE: Jammed gun leaves Vidor man with gunshot wound


The Port Arthur News

VIDOR — A 27-year-old Vidor man sustained a gunshot wound to his thigh during an accidental shooting in Vidor on Monday.

Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the accidental shooting at about 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 in the 1800 block of Erin Drive, according to a press release from Orange County Sheriff’s Office. They met with the victim, identified as Keith Thomas, who told deputies he was cleaning a .22 caliber revolver when the cylinder jammed. When he could not clear the jam, he handed to revolver to his father, identified as Monte Thomas, who attempted to clear the jam.

According to both men, the handgun went off while in the father’s hand and the bullet struck the 27-year-old man in the thigh. Acadian Ambulance responded to the scene and the man was taken to Christus Hospital-St. Elizabeth in Beaumont for a non-life threatening injury.

The sheriff’s office believes the shooting was accidental based on statements of witnesses and evidence gathered at the scene.