Officers respond to suspected self-inflicted gun shot

Published 7:00 am Friday, February 5, 2016

A Picayune man was taken to the hospital after suffering what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the leg.

According to Picayune Police Department reports, officers were called to a home on Herring Drive just before noon on Jan. 27, in reference to the incident. 

The report states that when they arrived they found 19-year-old Demetrious Mitchell in the front yard suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg. 

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Mitchell told officers he was shot while in the front yard, and went into the house to get his brother before exiting the home, however the officer noted a strong smell of burnt gunpowder inside the home. The report states the smell was strongest in the dinning room, where the officer also noted a bone splinter and piece of flesh on a computer tower in the room. 

A witnesses was quoted in the report as hearing the gunshot as he was leaving the home, prompting him to reenter the home and find Mitchell suffering from a gunshot wound, the report states. The witness then told officers that he helped Mitchell outside to wait for medical assistance. 

In the report, the witness told police he believed Mitchell accidentally shot himself.

Picayune Police Assistant Chief Jeremy Magri said Mitchell was transported to a hospital for treatment of his wound, which appeared to be from a shotgun. 

Magri said no charges have been filed at this time.