Merlin boy recovering after being shot in leg

MERLIN — A man firing at a deer on his property shot and wounded an 11-year-old boy who was waiting for a school bus at the intersection of Hartsfield Lane and Russell Road Wednesday morning, Oregon State Police said. The bullet struck the boy in the leg.

The boy made it back to his house, where his mother reported the incident at 8:15 a.m.

An American Medical Response ambulance transported the boy to Three Rivers Community Hospital.

A man and two small children in a van followed the ambulance. The man, who identified himself as Jay Dominguez, said the injured boy was his nephew, Ulises Hernandez.

A 45-year-old man who lives across the road from where the boy was shot told Josephine County sheriff's deputies he saw a deer on the front part of his property and fired four times, killing the deer.

He said he did not see the boy in the background, less than 100 yards from his house.

The Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Division and Fish and Wildlife Division are investigating the incident.

Troopers said they seized the man's .30-30 rifle as evidence, and will forward the results of their investigation to the Josephine County District Attorney's Office for review and consideration of any charges.

Troopers said the man's name would be released today.

Material from the Grants Pass Daily Courier was used in this report.

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