The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office has been dealing with a rash of unintentional shootings in recent weeks. One case has landed a former Washington Redskins player in the hospital—and in court.
Wide receiver Josh Morgan has been charged with reckless use of a firearm after shooting himself at his home in the Barclay Ridge neighborhood near Watson on Jan. 31. According to the sheriff’s office, Morgan said he was cleaning his weapon when it fired. He was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital for treatment. His case is scheduled for trial in Loudoun District Court on March 9.
Three other unintentional shootings were reported by the sheriff’s office this week.
On Tuesday, deputies were called to an Ashley Terrace home in Cascades where a resident reported that the previous day a firearm was discharged while being cleaned. The round went through a wall and into the neighbor’s townhouse. No injuries were reported.
On Tuesday night, a gunshot victim was treated at the Inova Loudoun Hospital emergency room. Deputies were called to the scene. The man reported he was showing a firearm to a friend when it was unintentionally discharged.
On Monday night, a shooting was reported at a home on Mountain Road near Lovettsville. Deputies were called to the home about 11:45 p.m. where a man reported he was unloading a firearm when it unintentionally discharged. He was transported to Winchester Medical Center and treated for injuries described as non-life-threatening.