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BREAKING NEWS: Man charged in accidental shooting
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James Roger Clark

Friday, September 27, 2013

By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer

A Bassett man was charged in connection with a shooting Thursday night, according to a release from Henry County Sheriff’s Capt. Eric Winn.

The Martinsville/Henry County 911 Center received the report of an accidental shooting around 9:45 p.m. at 2610 Oak Level Road, Bassett.

According to the release, James Roger Clark, 47, of 2610 Oak Level Road Bassett, told authorities his Springfield 40 caliber semi-automatic pistol accidentally discharged, and the bullet struck his wife, Tammy Leigh Clark, 46, in the leg.

She was struck in the right leg near the knee before the bullet exited the right leg, entered the left leg below the knee and exited, the release stated.

Tammy Clark was taken to the Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County by Bassett Rescue Squad, and subsequently transferred to Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Her injuries did not appear to be life threatening, the release stated.

James Clark was charged with a misdemeanor count of reckless handling of a firearm and a felony count of unlawfully discharging a firearm within an occupied dwelling. He was released on an unsecured bond.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 638-8751 or Crimestoppers at 63-CRIME (632-7463).

The Crimestoppers Program offers rewards up to $1000.00 for information related to crime. The nature of the crime and the substance of the information determine the amount of reward paid.


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