BLACK CANYON CITY, AZ - Authorities believe the shooting of a gas station employee in Black Canyon City was accidental.
The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office says its preliminary investigation has found that the attendant's pistol became dislodged from its holster, fell to the ground and fired accidentally once the weapon landed.
The round that was fired from the gun struck the Rock Springs Cafe Gas Station attendant in the head.
The attendant survived the shooting but was unable to speak with investigators when they went to interview him.
Still, he gave them a thumbs-up confirming the circumstances of his injury when investigators presented their theory on shooting.
Investigators say other factors backed up the attendant's account.
The employee was found on Sept. 14 lying on the station's floor, bloody and semi-conscious.
Did You Hear?
It may seem a little far-fetched right now but it could become a reality if space companies like Virgin Galactic realize their aspirations over the next 30 years or so.
Scientists have reconstructed a nearly complete mitochondrial genome of an ancient human relative, whose remains were found in Sima de los Huesos ("pit of bones") in northern Spain.
Hampton Creek Foods is scouring the planet for plants that can replace chicken eggs in everything from cookies to omelets to French toast. Its first product is an egg-free mayonnaise now sold at Whole Foods Markets.
More Black Canyon News
A man who stepped on an explosive device and lost part of his left leg outside a New River home earlier this month talked to ABC15 about what happened.