Sacto 9-1-1
August 2, 2013
Suspected accidental shooting leads Butte County detectives to stolen weapons

A man suspected of accidentally shooting a girl in the back was arrested after Butte County sheriff's deputies determined that he was prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition.

The Sheriff's Office received a call Sunday from a staff member at Oroville Medical Center, who reported that a female juvenile with a gunshot wound to the back had just arrived in the emergency room.

Deputies went to the medical center and learned that the girl likely had been accidentally shot by an acquaintance, 26-year-old Donald Patrick Browning. Although statements from witnesses and physical evidence indicated that the shooting was an accident, it also was determined that Browning was prohibited from having guns and ammunition, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

Detectives began searching for Browning and served search warrants at two separate Oroville residences where five firearms were located, all of which had recently been reported stolen to the Oroville Police Department, authorities said. Browning was not found at either of the homes.

The search for Browning continued until he was found early Thursday morning at a residence in Thermalito and taken into custody. Butte County patrol deputies found two more firearms in the area where Browning was arrested, one of which also had recently been reported stolen to the Oroville Police Department, officials said.

Browning was booked into Butte County Jail on suspicion of multiple weapon violations, with bail set at $70,000.

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