Investigators say the boy found his father’s black powder pistol in an unsecured cabinet in the home while his father was asleep. His 8-year-old sister tried to take the gun away from him and it discharged, striking the boy.
The child’s father is a convicted felon and is not allowed to be in possession of a firearm. Medford Police arrested 46-year-old Brian Green for assault, reckless endangerment, and felon in possession of a firearm. His bail is set at $14,000 at the Jackson County Jail.
Police say the black powder pistol is considered a firearm because it is a replica and not an original antique pistol. “This is not an antique firearm. This is a modern reproduction of a cap and ball revolver,” said Sergeant Darrell Graham with Medford Police.
The child is at Rogue Regional Medical Center recovering from the injuries. As of Saturday afternoon, he is in stable condition after undergoing surgery. Medford Fire and Rescue assisted with the incident on West Jackson Street Saturday morning just before 9 a.m.
Police do not believe drugs or alcohol were involved. But officers urge anyone owning a firearm to think safety first. “We need to make sure we’re protecting those who can’t protect themselves, storing a firearm in a locked safe, ammunition stored in a different location locked up,” Sgt. Graham said.