(Orange, Texas)

October 23, 2013

Vidor man accidentally shot in leg

Dawn Burleigh
The Orange Leader

VIDOR — A Vidor man was shot in the leg Monday in what appears to have been an accidental shooting.

Keith Thomas, 27, was cleaning a cleaning a .22 caliber revolver when the cylinder jammed approximately 6:30 p.m. Monday at the 1800 block of Erin Drive in Vidor, according to a Orange County Sheriff’s Office press release.

When he could not clear the jam, he handed the revolver to his father, Monte Thomas, 59, who attempted to clear the jam.  

The handgun went off while in the father's hand and the bullet struck the younger Thomas in the thigh according to a press release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Acadian Ambulance responded to the scene and the man was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont for a non-life threatening injury.  

The incident appears to be accidental, the press release stated.