Cherokee Co. woman airlifted to Tyler hospital after accidental shooting

Published on Thursday, 1 August 2013 16:33 - Written by From Staff reports

A Cherokee County woman is in a Tyler hospital after allegedly shooting herself in the chest Wednesday night.

Deputies from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call from a 59-year-old woman on County Road 3143, on the south end of Lake Jacksonville, around 9 p.m., according to a news release from the department.

The woman said she accidently shot herself in the chest. Officials kept her on the phone until the sheriff’s office and EMS could arrive, and officials had to force open a locked door to get to her, the release states.

The woman was found lying on her the living room couch with a single gunshot wound to the upper right chest, near her shoulder. The wound was a through and through shot, and the woman had lost a lot of blood, the release states.

She was flown to East Texas Medical Center – Tyler from a landing zone that was created at the intersection of Farm-to-Market 2138 and County Road 3108, according to police.

Officials said a High Point, 9 mm semi-automatic pistol was taken from the home, but did not say if it was the gun used in the shooting.

The woman is in stable condition but is expected to be sedated until Friday because of her injuries, according to the news release.

The incident remains under investigation.