OSSIAN, Ind. - A 4-year-old boy who was fatally shot while fishing with his father in northeastern Indiana was struck in the head by an errant bullet, a sheriff and a family friend said.
Wells County Sheriff Monte Fisher said yesterday that Jacob Michuda was shot in the head late Friday night while he and his father were fishing from a pier at a pond outside Ossian.
Trisha Ulmer told The Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne that the boy’s mother told her the boy was shot in the temple.
Fisher said an autopsy was performed Saturday.
Neighbor Bruce Pond, 46, was being held without bond on a preliminary charge of reckless homicide and is due to appear in court today. Fisher told the Bluffton News-Banner that alcohol was involved and Pond apparently shot at a light on the pier.
“I think it was just a freak accident,’’ Ulmer said.
Police and medics were called to the scene at 11:07 p.m. Friday. Police said an ambulance took the boy to a hospital in Fort Wayne, where he was pronounced dead Saturday.