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Rhea County man charged in accidental shooting

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RHEA COUNTY, TN. (WRCB)-- A 14-year-old boy is accused of shooting a man in the leg, but the owner of the gun is the one now facing charges.

The Rhea County Sheriff's Office says 63-year-old Roy Hickman had been drinking, when he allowed the teenager to set the scope of his rifle.

Hickman went inside his home and left the boy on the front porch.

The boy told police he was cleaning the rifle when it fired and hit a neighbor in the leg.

Police say the boy also fired several shots into a home, breaking a window.

Roy Hickman is charged with contributing to a minor.

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