- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

BURNS, Ore. (AP) - The Harney County Sheriff says when he first heard about an April 21 hunting accident in which a man was shot, he was told the wound was self-inflicted.

Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward said in a news release Monday it wasn’t until three weeks later that he found out Portland Police Chief Larry O’Dea had accidentally shot his friend in the back.

Ward says due to the contradictory information, he asked the Oregon State Police to help investigate. It’s unclear where Ward heard the initial report.

Portland police say O’Dea was on vacation when he fired his .22-caliber rifle, hitting his 54-year-old friend. Police say the man was treated at a hospital and released.

O’Dea said last week he’s thankful his friend is OK. He declined comment to The Oregonian/OregonLive through a spokesman on Monday.

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