UPDATE: Alleged shooting victim actually suffered accidental self-inflicted wound
A local man who told police he was the victim of a drive-by shooting later admitted he had accidentally shot himself.
Prineville Police Chief Dale Cummins said that authorities responded to the St. Charles Prineville emergency room after Richard Keen III arrived there around 11 p.m. Thursday evening with a gunshot wound to the leg. The 29-year-old Prineville resident claimed he suffered the wound during a drive-by shooting at the 100 block of Northwest Fifth Street. However, evidence at the scene did not support his claims, and Keen, who is on post-prison supervision and cannot legally possess a firearm, finally stated that he dropped a loaded handgun in his apartment, which accidentally discharged, striking him in the leg. He later changed his story again, telling authorities that he actually shot himself while trying to tuck the gun into the waistband of his pants.
He was treated at the hospital for his injury and later released.
"The weapon, a .45 caliber 1911 handgun, was recovered by police and is a reported stolen handgun from Redmond," Cummins said. "The investigation continues, but it is apparent that Keen was the only one injured in this incident. Once the investigation is complete, it will be forwarded to the (Crook County) District Attorney for review."