Thursday, October 26, 2023

Investigation into Canton teen wounded in face continues

The police investigation into the accidental shooting of a 14-year-old Canton Township boy is ongoing, according to officials.

The teen, who apparently accidentally wounded himself in the face with a handgun just before 1 p.m. last Thursday, Oct 19, was transported to a local hospital for treatment by Canton Firefighter/Paramedics last week.

Canton Township police responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting a gunshot victim at an apartment complex near Warren and Lilley roads. When officers arrived, they found the 14-year-old boy suffering from "an accidental, self-inflicted gunshot wound to his face," according to police reports.

 Firefighter/Paramedics treated and transported the victim to a local hospital where he was evaluated and treated for his injuries. 

Police said they believe the boy was home alone at the time of the shooting, but was able to make contact with a neighbor who assisted with calling 9-1-1. 

Police investigators are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident, including how the firearm was accessed by the juvenile, and the events leading up to the discharge, according to a prepared statement from police officials.

If appropriate, the findings will be turned over to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office for further review.

"I would like to take this opportunity to emphasize the importance of responsible firearms ownership and storage," said Canton Township Police Chief Chad Baugh. "Ensuring that firearms are securely stored in homes away from children or unauthorized users is essential in preventing tragedies such as this. 

"The Canton Police Department has free gun safety locks available to the public and they can be picked up at either the police front desk or records bureau," Baugh added.