Boy killed in gun-cleaning accident

Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2002

WASILLA (AP) -- A six-year-old boy was killed Friday in a gun-cleaning accident. It was the second gun-cleaning fatality in Alaska this month.

Jarrod Walling was shot while his stepfather was cleaning a .22-caliber rifle, according to Wasilla police. The man didn't realize the weapon contained a live round, according to police.

Police said their investigation determined the child reached for the rifle and it went off. The bullet struck he boy in the chest.

Jarrod Walling was rushed to Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The incident followed a Trapper Creek incident that killed a 13-year-old girl on Aug. 16.

In that incident, Kimberly Olson was in a loft when she was struck by a bullet from a .41-caliber revolver being cleaned by a 17-year-old.

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