16 year-old wants to prove to friends a rifle is not loaded, puts it in his mouth, it fires
LOGAN COUNTY, OK â In the blink of an eye, a teenagerâs mistake leaves him clinging to life. Logan County authorities say a 16-year-old boy put his own rifle in his mouth and pulled the trigger Friday night, not realizing it was loaded.
Jared Ridgway was still in ICU at OU Medical Center Tuesday evening, and according to his mother, he was on a ventilator. Authorities say Ridgway was able to speak when they arrived at the scene, which was at a friendâs house, near Waterloo and Post Road.
They say he and his friend both said it was Ridgway who stuck a rifle in his mouth to prove to his friend that it wasnât loaded. His mother, Melynda Shands, told us the gunshot wound resulted in him having a stroke Monday morning and now he has no use of his right arm or leg.
She said doctors told her the bullet may not be removed from her sonâs head for fear of excessive bleeding.
âOh heâs never going to have another gun,â Shands said. âAs far as Iâm concerned, he doesnât need another one. I donât even want one in my home.â
âThat family (homeowners) left the scene knowing full well the boys had a firearm and were likely to use it,â Logan County Sheriffâs Dept. Cpt. Richard Stephens said. âThat places (the boys) in undue risk and thatâs negligence.â
For that reason, Stephens said investigators presented child negligence charges to the District Attorney against the owner of the trailer, Kerry Hise. He said formal charges against Hise are pending the outcome of Ridgwayâs recovery.