ROGERSVILLE - The Hawkins
County Sheriff's Office responded to another shooting incident Sunday, with this one also
apparently accidental and self-inflicted. HCSO Cpl. Brian Boggs reported he
responded to the Hawkins County Emergency Room Sunday evening in reference to “an accidental
self-inflicted gunshot wound.” “Upon arrival, I spoke with Barry
Foster. He stated that he was working on a .22-caliber rifle that he didn’t think was
operative,” Boggs’ report states, adding that the weapon was a Marlin model 60 .22-caliber
semi-automatic. “He stated that he was attempting to open the bolt on the
rifle and he stated that the rifle accidentally went off, hitting him in the foot,” the report
adds. Foster, 32, then reportedly drove himself from his Webb Road residence
to the hospital for treatment of the wound. “Everything at the time of
report indicated that the gunshot wound was accidentally self-inflicted,” Boggs noted.
A Hawkins County woman who mistakenly thought a gun was empty ended up
shooting herself in the abdomen, according to a January 4 HCSO report. Deputy
Reba Matthews wrote she “found a white female, identified as Vernie Regina Lucus, laying on the
bedroom floor with what appeared to be a wound to the abdominal area from a gun.”
In an interview with the woman, Matthews noted the 41-year-old said she was at the residence
by herself and was cleaning a gun, identified as a .22-caliber revolver.
“Her thumb slipped off the
hammer and the gun went off and shot her in the stomach,” Matthews wrote.
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