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News Release
Hiker accidentally shoots himself with pistol - 02/09/20

MEDIA RELEASE  

Released by: Lt. Mike Biondi

Release Date: 02/09/2020

Location: Buckhorn Road near milepost 3 - northwest of Redmond

Injured hiker:

Gatley, Chad   -   24 year old male - Redmond, Or

Reporting party:

Mills, Chris 

NARRATIVE:

On 02/09/2020 at about 13:32 hours, Deschutes County 911 received a 911 call from Mills who reported his hiking partner, Gatley, had accidentally shot himself in the lower leg.  Several Deschutes County Sheriff's Office deputies and Redmond Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene.  GPS coordinates showed Gatley was on top of a butte, approximately 3/4 of a mile east of Buckhorn Road on BLM property near a motorcycle riding area.

Upon locating Gatley, Redmond Fire paramedics began treating him and deputies assisted paramedics in transporting Gatley down the butte via a wheeled litter to a waiting ambulance.  Gatley was transported to Saint Charles Medical Center - Bend with serious injuries.

The investigation revealed Gatley was legally carrying a .40 caliber pistol in a holster.  He and friends were hiking and scouting mountain bike riding trails in the area.  Gatley had been scouting in a ravine and was climbing back out when his pistol dislodged from the holster and fired one round, striking him in the lower leg. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Street Crimes, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

 

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