Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a hunting incident that left a 17 year old injured by a 12 gauge shotgun early this morning on private property near Vevay, Indiana in Switzerland County.
Caleb Claypoole, 17, Florence, sustained a 12 gauge gunshot wound to his leg.
At approximately 7:45 a.m., Indiana Conservation Officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of Ashland Cove Lane in Vevay, Indiana. Claypoole informed officers that he had been deer hunting on private property, with two other friends. Claypoole told officers that he accidentally discharged his firearm, resulting in the shotgun slug striking him in the leg.
Shortly after, Claypoole’s hunting partners called 911, Indiana Conservation Officers, Switzerland County Deputies and Switzerland County Fire and EMS arrived at the scene.
Claypoole was airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital and is being treated for wounds sustained.
The details of the event are unclear at this time and are currently being investigated by Indiana Conservation Officers.
Indiana Conservation Officers want to remind citizens that a firearm’s safety is a mechanical device that is always subject to failure. Keep all firearms on safe, pointed in a safe direction at all times and keep your finger away from the trigger until you are ready to fire.