On June 16, at approximately 2:20 p.m., the Clay County Sheriff's Department was called to investigate a shooting that occurred at the Michael and Alicia Wilkins residence on CR 600 N, in Clay County.
Mr. Wilkins suffered a gunshot wound to the left arm. According to Mr. and Ms. Wilkins, Ms. Wilkins was unloading her van and carrying a Mossberg 410-gauge shotgun under her arms, along with several other items. The shotgun fell from her arms and struck the van and ground, causing it to fire a 410-gauge deer slug. The slug struck Mr. Wilkins' upper left arm above the elbow and went clear through.
Ms. Wilkins then assisted her husband to the van and drove him to St. Vincent's Clay Hospital. Mr. Wilkins was treated and released that same afternoon.
Det. Michael Heaton, along with Deputies Brian Pierce and Matt Weber, interviewed the Wilkinses. Both Mr. and Mrs. Wilkins claim that the gun went off when it was dropped. The gun was collected for testing. The shooting is being ruled accidental at this time. The Clay County Sheriff's Department is still currently investigating the incident.
Assisting with the investigation is the Brazil City Police Department.