Police: Man and woman injured after gun goes off at Phoenix party

A statement from police indicated that the two had briefly struggled over the gun, causing it to fire.

Posted: Jan 14, 2020 11:31 AM
Updated: Jan 14, 2020 3:47 PM

PHOENIX, Ore. — A man and a woman were both injured after a brief struggle between them outside of a party in Phoenix caused the man's gun to go off, according to a statement from the Phoenix Police Department (PPD).

Officers responded to a house in the 500-block of W 5th Street after 2 a.m. on Tuesday morning after someone reported an "assault with a weapon," the agency said. Phoenix officers were joined by units from Talent Police, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, and Oregon State Police.

Witnesses told the officers that there had been a party going on at the home when a man identified as Jacob Karl Smith got shot in the left arm before the bullet became lodged in his lower leg. Emergency crews from Mercy Flights took Smith to the hospital for treatment.

"Witness statements stated that Smith was upset about a personal relationship when he decided he wanted to leave the party," Phoenix Police said.

According to investigators, Smith grabbed his handgun and car keys and started to leave when a woman tried to stop him from leaving. The shot went off immediately afterward, prompting someone to call police.

While investigating the scene, police said that they were able to talk to everyone at the party except for the woman who reportedly tried to stop Smith from leaving.

"Since the gun and the female were still both outstanding, the Phoenix Police Department asked the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office to bring in their robot to search for the female prior to entering the residence," the agency said.

The robot reportedly found her lying on the floor of a bathroom in the house. Officers quickly went in and took her into custody.

The woman told police that she "didn’t believe Smith was in a good frame of mind and possibly intoxicated," and she didn't think he should leave. In trying to take Smith's keys and gun away from him, the gun went off, Phoenix Police said.

The same bullet that went through Smith's arm and into his leg first hit the woman's middle finger, the agency said. She was also taken to the hospital for treatment.

Smith was cited and released on charges of Assault in the Third Degree and Reckless Endangering. Phoenix Police said that both Smith's injuries and the woman's were not life-threatening.

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