Man accidentally shot in ankle at local gun show

MARIETTA – A Parkersburg man was accidentally shot in the ankle Sunday at a gun show at the Comfort Inn in Marietta, according to the Marietta Police Department.

William Shawver, 46, of 418 Avery St., Parkersburg, was taken to Marietta Memorial Hospital to receive treatment for a gunshot wound to his right ankle, police said.

The incident is under investigation and is being regarded as an accident, said Capt. Jeff Waite.

“It definitely was not done in malice. The two men are very good friends,” said Waite.

Though the department has not released the name of the gun owner, Waite said the man was in the process of trading his gun, a 1911-style automatic handgun, with another individual at the gun show.

“He went to remove the gun from its holster and unload the ammunition I believe and the gun somehow misfired,” said Waite.