A Silverton man suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the leg Sunday as he was drawing his pistol to shoot a squirrel, according to Wallowa County Sheriff Sgt. John Campbell.

Nathan Kasar, 24, had been with three friends on Whiskey Creek Road about 8-10 miles east of Wallowa when he accidentally shot himself at 11:39 a.m., Campbell said. Kasar had his .22 caliber pistol in his hand, pointing down, when his thumb cocked the hammer back and it slipped off the hammer, causing it to discharge into his right calf, he said. The bullet exited near his front shinbone, he said.

His friends called 911 and took Kasar by private automobile to the Wallowa Fire House, where they met the Wallowa Ambulance, Campbell said.

The Wallowa Ambulance began transporting him to Wallowa Memorial Hospital and was intercepted by a paramedic from Enterprise at Wade Point who got on the ambulance and rode with them to the hospital. Kasar was treated and released.

Oregon State Police and WCSO investigated the incident and determined that, since it was self-inflicted, no one would be charged, Campbell said.

Kasar was preparing to shoot at a squirrel when the accident occurred. The squirrel was uninjured.

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