The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

April 2, 2014

Former Joplin man faces charges in gun accident

PARSONS, Kan. — A former Joplin, Mo., resident is facing felony charges in Kansas after he and the 4-year-old son of a roommate were treated at a hospital Monday night for gunshot wounds to their hands.

Labette County Sheriff Robert Sims said Keith D. Wellen, 31, and the boy arrived at Labette Health Hospital in Parsons shortly before 10:30 p.m. with wounds to their hands apparently suffered in an accidental shooting at 1845 24000 Road east of Parsons.

The sheriff said a single shot from a handgun is believed to have caused Wellen’s and the boy’s wounds.

The boy, whose name was being withheld by the sheriff’s office, was transferred to Mercy Children’s Hospital in Kansas City.

After treatment, Wellen was arrested on some outstanding warrants issued in Missouri. The warrants pertain to a felony weapon charge that the former Joplin resident is facing in Jasper County.

Sims said Wellen later was charged with criminal possession of a firearm, child endangerment and aggravated battery in connection with the accidental shooting.


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