Baker man in fair shape after accidental gunshot

By Chris Collins January 15, 2014 09:54 am

By Chris Collins

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Baker City Police officers are continuing to investigate an apparent accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound to the upper left leg of a Baker City man.

Eric Lee Cavyell, 23, was taken by Baker City ambulance to St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City and later flown by Life Flight air ambulance to Boise, according to a press release issued by police at about 7:30 Tuesday morning.

Cavyell was listed in fair condition this morning at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, according to Josh Schlaich, hospital spokesman.

Officers were dispatched to Cavyell’s home at 3270 G St. about 12:45 a.m. Tuesday where they found the injured Cavyell. The weapon that caused the injury was found nearby, police said.

Sgt. Josh Bryant said Cavyell shared the home with his mother, Sarah Leffler. Cavyell was in an open shed in a side yard when he accidentally shot himself in the leg, Bryant said. The sergeant declined to say what type of gun was involved.

Sarah Payne, 28, of 2281 Orchard St., was with Cavyell when he was injured. Payne, who had a Baker County Justice Court warrant out for her arrest on a charge of failing to appear on a criminal citation, left the area before police arrived. She was picked up at 6 p.m. Tuesday and is being held at the Baker County Jail.

Payne is not a suspect, but police will be interviewing her today about what happened, Bryant said.

“No foul play is suspected at this time,” he said. “Everything is showing (the shot was) self-inflicted.”