A rural Saline County boy suffered an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound over the weekend, according to a Sheriff's Department report.
A deputy was called to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall to investigate the situation.
The 14-year-old victim reported he suffered the injury while walking through the woods in southern Saline County when he slipped on a rock and fell on the pistol, which discharged, striking him in the leg.
The boy said he removed his pants and pressed them to the wound to control bleeding and was able to get back to the house of a relative.
The deputy received permission from the relative to continue the investigation at the residence, where he found a pair of pants with what appeared to be blood on them. He also reported finding an unloaded .22 pistol in a holster that had a hole in the muzzle end, consistent with the account of the accident provided by the victim.
The boy was to be transported to University Hospital in Columbia for further treatment, according to the report.