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Investigators say the shooting occured early Nov, 3, as he was retreiving a handgun.

Washington County Sheriff's deputies are investigating after a man unintentionally shot his 16-year-old son while retreiving a handgun early Thursday morning.

According to Washington County Sheriff's deputies, Brian Matsuo, 38, was retreiving his handgun at about 2:39 am., Nov. 9, when the gun went off, striking his son.

The teen received serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, according to investigators.

Deputies were called to Matsuo's home in the 21500 block of Southwest Peggy Court, in Aloha. The boy was taken to a local hospital. Authorities say he is expected to survive.

The Washington County Violent Crimes Unit is investigating the case and will forward its findings to the Washington County District Attorney's Office.

In a statement released Thursday, Sheriff's deputies

encouraged gun owners to store their firearms safely and securely in order to prevent unintentional shootings, and stressed that gun owners should adhere to four cardinal rules of gun safety:

1. Always treat all firearms as if they were loaded.

2. Never allow the muzzle of any firearm to point at anything you are not willing to shoot.

3. Never put your finger near the trigger until you are ready to fire.

4. Always be sure of your target, and what is behind and in front of it.

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