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    First responders gather at Cowboys in Bryson Wednesday morning where a man arrived and told the manager he had accidentally shot himself.

Man stable following accidental shooting

A Denton man accidentally shot himself near Bryson Wednesday morning.

According to Jack County Sheriff Melvin Mayo, Steven Foster, 61, was visiting the Bryson area possibly looking at an old family homesite on Smith Road when he went to get a black powder rifle out of the back seat of his pick up and it accidentally discharged.

He was shot in the left chest area exiting through his left side rib cage.

Foster drove himself to Cowboys convenience store on Highway 380 in Bryson, walked in a told the manager, Rose Colwell, to call 911.

“He was holding his chest and I asked him, ‘Are you having a heart attack, sir?’ He said, ‘No, I accidentally shot myself,’” Colwell said.

First responders were dispatched to the scene at 10:40 a.m. 

Mayo said Foster was alert and aware of what was going on when he was loaded into the helicopter to be flown to John Peter Smith Hospital.

“I don’t think it was intentional,” Mayo said. “There is no sign of foul play. I have no reason to doubt it happened exactly as he said it did.”

Foster was travelling with his service dog, an Australian shepherd named Sofie. The sheriff was able to contact Foster’s brother in Graham to retrieve the dog and his truck from Cowboys.

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