By Tamas Mondovics
Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) concluded its investigation of the recent shooting incident in Johnson County, Tennessee involving 2-year-old Ariel Salaices, of Laurel Bloomery.
In a press release on Monday morning, Johnson County Sheriff, Eddie Tester stated, that as a result of an investigation into a shooting incident in Johnson County Tennessee on March 15, 2019, investigators have resolved the case.
“During the course of the investigation, investigators determined that 2 year old Ariel Salaices was shot by another child who was playing with a pellet rifle,” Tester said. “At the recommendation of the District Attorney General and due to the fact that the incident occurred
as a result of a tragic accident, no charges will be placed.”
Tester emphasized that the incident was investigated by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and assisted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
As it was reported last month, the bullet that hit the back of Ariel’s head ricocheted off of a metal post on the swing and slide set located in her back yard. Ariel was first flown to the Johnson City Medical Center for treatment before transported to Knoxville.
The incident is by no means unprecedented. Organizations such as awareness group, Bullet Free Sky has been advocating against celebratory gunfire and unlawful discharge of a firearm for years.
According to a Facebook post this morning, “Ariel is STILL breathing on
her own!! She had a restless night, but she is doing
better with the adjustments they made for her breathing . She is resting but still
very agitated. Going to
replace her feeding tube
today. Ariel is doing
well and progressing. Keep praying!
To reach the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, please call 423-727-7761. Anyone who would like to donate to help with the Salaices’ expenses can do so on Ariel’s GoFundMe page https://www.gofundme.com/ariel-salaices.