One injured in accidental shooting

Posted 4/23/19

The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office investigated an apparent accidental shooting last Friday night.

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One injured in accidental shooting


The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office investigated an apparent accidental shooting last Friday.

According to the incident report, Ashton Nicolette Hughes shot Jacob Tyler Pressley with a 9 mm Glock pistol. The incident took place at 2783 No Pone Road in Georgetown, which is not the residence listed for either the shooter or the victim.

According to the report by BCSO Deputy Cody Bell, Hughes “was frantic while attempting to care for Mr. Pressley” who is her brother-in-law. The deputy was also advised “the two of them are very close and always playing jokes on each other.”

“Ms. Hughes advised that they found a snake inside the residence and while attempting to remove the snake from the home she proceeded to her vehicle and retrieved her 9 mm Glock 43 to shoot the snake with once it was outside of the residence,” the report stated. “While returning to the residence Mr. Pressley exited the side door with the snake in his hands and pretended to toss the snake at Ms. Hughes.”

Hughes told the deputy that she jumped, “causing her to squeeze the pistol, pulling the trigger, accidentally shooting Mr. Pressley in the groin area. Ms. Hughes advised she instantly dropped the pistol and ran to his aid.”

Bell observed a gunshot wound to the right side of Pressley’s groin area, with an exit wound in the “very upper right thigh area. The wound appeared to be at a downward angle judging by the entry and exit wound locations.”

The BCSO’s Criminal Investigation Division was notified of the incident and Hughes’ statement was taken. The gun was also recovered and logged into evidence, the report stated.

The BCSO report did not include any information about Pressley’s condition or treatment following the shooting. Also, the report did not state whether Hughes is facing any criminal charges stemming from the incident.


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