C. Franklin Jackson, Jr. died Saturday from a gunshot wound to the chest after a hunting outing with family on the opening day of the Eastern North Carolina firearm season for deer. Initial reports are that they were preparing to head home around 2pm when his son accidentally shot him while checking to make sure his rifle was unloaded.

Washington County authorities say Franklin Jackson died after witnesses say his son was checking his rifle when it discharged, hitting his father in the chest.
Washington County authorities say they received a call around 2 p.m. Saturday on Longridge Rd. in Plymouth. When they arrived they found the 46-year-old Jackson with a gunshot wound to the chest. Jackson was transported to Washington County hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and Washington County are investigating and will decide whether or not charges should be made in this tragic case. This should be a reminder to all of us to practice safe firearm handling skills, treat every gun as it is loaded, muzzle control, never touch the trigger until you’ve properly identified your target .
Our thoughts and prayers are with this family today what a tragic situation.