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OSP Investigating Non-Life Threatening Injury Shooting of 11-Year Old Boy in Merlin
10/26/2011
Sergeant Lynn Withers
Oregon State Police - Roseburg
Fish & Wildlife Division
(541) 440-3334

Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division and Fish & Wildlife Division, with the assistance of the Josephine County Sheriff's Office, are continuing the investigation into Wednesday morning's hunter-involved shooting that resulted in a non-life threatening injury to an 11-year old boy waiting for a school bus in Merlin, Oregon.
 
Preliminary information indicates on October 26, 2011 at approximately 8:15 a.m. ULISES URIEL HERNANDEZ, age 11, from Merliin, was waiting at a school bus stop with another boy at the intersection of Russell Road and Hartsfield Road when HERNANDEZ was shot in the leg. He was able to make it back to his house on his own power where he contacted his mother.
 
Josephine County Sheriff's Office deputies and AMR ambulance responded to the home.
HERNANDEZ was transported by ambulance to Three Rivers Community Hospital for treatment of a leg wound. He is currently listed in fair condition as of Thursday morning.
 
DARREN D. GREEN, age 45, who lives across the road from where the boy was shot, contacted deputies after they arrived on scene. GREEN told deputies he was in his home when he saw a deer in the front part of his property and shot four times, killing the deer. After learning of the boy's injury, GREEN told deputies he thought one of the rounds may have struck the boy whom he did not see in the background less than 100 yards from his house.
 
OSP responded to conduct the investigation and has seized the 30/30 rifle as evidence. The investigation is ongoing and will be forwarded to the Josephine County District Attorney's Office for review and consideration of any charges.