(CROSS PLAINS) - Indiana Conservation Officers investigated a hunting incident that occurred in Ripley County on Friday night near the town of Cross Plains.
According to victim statements, he and 2 other teenagers were raccoon hunting when 1 of the boys dropped a .22 caliber rifle causing it to discharge.
The bullet entered the front of the victim's left thigh, approximately 4 inches above his knee and stopped just before exiting the back of his leg approximately 1 inch above and to the right of his knee.
The victim was transported to King's Daughters Hospital in Madison, Indiana where the bullet was removed from just under the skin and he was released.
The incident is still under investigation at this time.
Agency assisting at the scene was Ripley County Sheriff Department.
Indiana Conservation Officers encourage the use of safe firearm handling techniques and to never lean firearms against any surface while loaded.
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