MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The death Thursday of an 11-year-old boy in Martinsburg has been ruled a suicide by the West Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, but Berkeley County's prosecuting attorney said the evidence in the case indicates it was an accidental shooting.
"Medically, this is going to be listed as a suicide because it's by your own hand, but legally, based on all the facts that we have, it is an accidental shooting," Pamela Jean Games-Neely said Monday.
"It is a child mishandling a gun," she said. "We certainly do not believe the intent was for the child to kill himself."
Martinsburg Police Detective G.B. Swartwood said Monday he "concurs and agrees" with Games-Neely's opinion. He said in a news release that the department's investigation of the shooting was ongoing.