Death of Mishawaka man during target shooting called “accidental”

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The death of a Mishawaka man during a target shooting incident is being called accidental.

The shooting happened around 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, in the 10000 block of McKinley Highway in Osceola.

The St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office says Scott Himes, 48, was struck and killed by a shot from one of the other members of the group with whom he was target shooting.

The .22 LR rifle used in the incident was owned by Himes.

The following information was sent to 95.3 MNC by the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office:

St. Joseph County-The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit (CMHU) has completed
the majority of its investigation into the death of Scott Himes, 48 years old, on Saturday,
April 4, 2020 (10000 block of McKinley Highway). As part of that investigation,
several witnesses were interviewed, evidence was collected and processed, and video of
the incident was reviewed. At this time, the findings are that Mr. Himes was struck and
killed by an accidental shot from one of the other members of the group with whom he
was target shooting. The weapon involved, a .22 LR rifle, was owned by Mr. Himes.
Based on this review, no criminal charges are anticipated in this incident.

Metro Homicide and our law enforcement partners respectfully remind the public to
follow basic firearms safety rules, including; treat every firearm as though it is loaded;
always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction; never touch the trigger until you are on
target and ready to shoot; know your target and backstop; and never handle firearms when under the influence of drugs or alcohol (even prescription drugs). For more on firearms safety, you can visit the website of the National Shooting Sports Foundation safety page at: www.nssf.org/safety/rules-firearms-safety/

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