The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

November 9, 2012

Police investigating shooting in north Palestine

Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — Palestine police officers are continuing the investigation of a morning shooting in north Palestine Friday, during which a 20-year-old Palestine man claims to have been accidentally shot.

At about 6:30 a.m. Friday, officers responded to a call at a  residence in the 2400 block of Texas 155 North in reference to a possible domestic disturbance. Upon arrival, officers found blood outside the residence.

Just a few minutes later, officers were called to Palestine Regional Medical Center concerning a man, identified as Brandon Blackmon, with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his upper right leg.

Blackmon told Palestine Police Department Sgt. James Muniz that he was being shown a gun and was accidentally shot.

“Blackmon was taken to the local hospital by private vehicle and was later transported to ETMC in Tyler by EMS for further treatment of his injuries,” Muniz said. “Blackmon’s injuries were not reported to be life threatening.”

Muniz also talked with a second person involved and identified her as 20-year-old Danielle Friedman.

“Friedman stated that she had the gun in her possession and accidentally fired the gun, striking Blackmon in the leg,” Muniz reported. “Police did recover a 22 caliber rifle at Friedman’s residence.”

Police were able to talk with others living in the area in an attempt to obtain additional information.

“There is an ongoing investigation into the shooting and both parties involved have cooperated with police up to this point,” Muniz said. “There was no arrest made at the time of the initial investigation.”

The case will be referred to the Anderson County District Attorney for consideration.

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