Accidental shooting leaves one injured in West Knox County

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what they say appears to be an accidental shooting in west Knox County that injured one man on Sunday.

According to reports, the incident occurred shortly before 3 p.m. on Hickory Creek Road at Fallen Oaks Lane.

Robert Mathis, 32, was shooting at a backstop to check the accuracy of the sites on his weapon, when the ammunition went beyond the backstop, traveling down an embankment and through a wooded area striking a vehicle.

Benjamin Fawver, 33, was seated in the vehicle and was struck in the left arm.

Fawver’s family said his arm was on the steering wheel as he was driving on the road, when the bullet flew through the window and into his arm. He was transported to UT Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Fawver is now at home.

At the Knoxville shooting range Tactical Advantage Corp., they say incidents like this one are common this time of the year because people like to get out into their backyards and shoot on their property.

They say people doing that should be conscious of the velocity of their ammunition. They should also be aware of the dynamics of the property they’re shooting on.

“The guy that pulled the trigger was lucky it turned out the way it did. Instead of another outcome,” said Bruce Fuller, GM of Tactical Advantage Corp.

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