DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office investigating 2 deaths; both appear to be accidental

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two deaths that have happened since Friday.  One involved a 13-year-old boy who was shot.

On Sunday, May 17th, deputies were called to a home in Collinsville.  Sheriff Jimmy Harris said a relative of the 13-year-old boy was in the home with a gun that accidentally discharged.  Paramedics took the boy to DeKalb Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Two days prior, on Friday, May 15th, the Sheriff’s Office received a call about a truck being in a field near the High Point community. Deputies and investigators arrived and found a male in the driver’s seat.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  His name is not being released because all of his family hasn’t been notified yet.  Investigators believe he died of an accidental overdose.

Both bodies have been taken to the Alabama Department of Forensic Science in Huntsville for autopsies.

“This is a terrible situation for both families,” said Sheriff Harris.  “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family members involved with these tragic deaths. Thank you to the DeKalb Ambulance Service for their quick response on the scene and to the deputies and investigators for doing a good job on working these cases.”