ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska State Troopers say they now believe a rural teenager was wounded when he accidentally shot himself and that he was not hit in the leg by a bullet fired by someone else.
An investigating officer last week reported the 15-year-old boy had said he was shot Thursday night as he walked along the Yukon River on his way home to Alakanuk (ah-LUHK'-a-nuhk). The boy was on a hunting trip.
The bullet struck him in the left calf and he was flown to Bethel for treatment.
KTUU-TV (http://bit.ly/1dck6Ph) reports troopers after an extensive investigation re-interviewed the youth and determined that the leg wound was self-inflicted.
The boy has been released from the Bethel medical facility.
Information from: KTUU-TV, http://www.ktuu.com