Wallowa County Sheriff's Department Sgt. John Campbell, 30, was wounded in a squirrel hunting accident at noon on Sunday. A .22 calibre bullet was taken from the muscle below his right armpit at the Wallowa Memorial Hospital emergency room Sunday afternoon and he was released.
Campbell was hunting squirrels with WCSO reserve deputy Curtis Sampley, 31, when a .22 rifle Sampley was working on inadvertently discharged with the bullet striking Campbell in the back of his right shoulder blade. Campbell was standing 15 feet away at the time.
According to WCSO Undersheriff Steve Rogers the two were hunting three to four miles outside of Wallowa when it was discovered that Sampley's .22 rifle would not fire. He took the gun apart and was working on it when he pulled back the firing pin spring and the gun discharged.
Campbell drove back to Wallowa with Sampley trying to stop the flow of blood, said Rogers. From the fire hall Wallowa EMTs were called and Campbell was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
Rogers did not know how long Campbell would be away from work.