HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) – A 70-year-old woman is in critical condition after officials said her husband accidentally shot her.
Huber Heights Police identified the couple as Mae Worthy and 69-year-old James Worthy of the 6300 block of Rolling Glen Drive.
In a 9-1-1 call obtained by 2 NEWS, the following is heard:
CALLER: I don’t know what’s going on. My dad just called me and said he was doing something with his gun and he thinks he shot my mom in the other room cause she’s full of blood and won’t get up.
OPERATOR: Oh, okay.
CALLER: …and I think he’s in shock.
The couple’s daughter, Bridget Worthy, called police just shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday when she said her father seemed too out of sorts to call police himself.
Police said James Worthy says he had his gun out and it accidentally discharged through the back bedroom and to the room where is wife was.
“It went through the bedroom wall down into the opposite end of the house and just happen to strike in the back of the head while she was sitting on the couch. The evidence is in line with his story as to what he’s telling us,” said Lt. Matt Dulaney.
Prosecutors will now determine if they will charge Worthy for negligence while handling a firearm.
2 NEWS dug a little deeper into the history at this home.
We found this isn’t the first accidental shooting at the home or with this gun.
Back in 2007, Worthy tried to break up a fight between his granddaughter and her father, Charles Miller.
Miller got the gun and shot his teenager, who survived.
The father was also later acquitted of his charges, domestic violence and obstructing official police business.
Huber Heights officials said both incidents are unfortunate and said either could have been avoided.
Neighbors we spoke with are surprised this happened to the elderly couple.
“Well I’m shocked; I’m very shocked. My neighbor Mary and I walk our talk every day. We talk to Jim and Mae, very nice couple. Very nice,” said neighbor Karen Waymire.
Waymire has lived in the neighborhood for years and said the couple were great, friendly neighbors.
Others 2 NEWS spoke with agreed and said they’ve never seen the couple argue, often times, they sat on their porch together.
In the community, they were seen supporting their grandson, Jerel Worthy, a Wayne high school graduate who now plays for the Green Bay Packers.
Ultimately, officials believe Mr. Worthy did not intentionally shoot the gun and perhaps was holding the gun improperly, causing it to go off and hit Mrs. Worthy.
Thursday, they cautioned all firearm owners to be more careful.
“Firearm safety is basically the– the important thing that can come out of this story is that if you’re going to be handling a firearm to be sure that you’re pointing it in a safe direction even– a bullet can even travel through walls as we saw in the case yesterday where it struck someone in the opposite room,” said Dulaney.
Officials also advise to keep your gun locked away and out of sight from young children.
Thursday, police did not keep Worthy in custody.