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Mar 12, 2012 10:26 AM by AP

14-year-old's fatal shooting ruled accidental

BOGALUSA, La. (AP) - The bullet that killed a 14-year-old Covington boy apparently was fired when he slung a cocked and loaded .22-caliber rifle over his shoulder and it went off, hitting him in the back of the head, the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office says.

Evidence fits witness accounts of the incident in which Brett Wittner died early Feb. 24 at a house in Washington Parish, Chief Criminal Deputy Scott Blair told The Daily News Thursday.

Blair said the wound was a contact wound, with the bullet traveling upward, and the other boy who was in the room tested negative for gunpowder residue.

Wittner was not tested for residue because he was rushed to LSU Bogalusa Medical Center, transferred to St. Tammany Parish Hospital and then airlifted to University Hospital in New Orleans, Blair said.

He said the sheriff's office report has been turned over to the District Attorney's Office for review, and the case remains open in case "anything new pops up."

"I do feel comfortable with the findings so far," he said.

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