HOWARD COUNTY — Officers in Howard County help saved an 8-year-old boy's life after he accidentally shot himself in the leg.
Officers recently were called to an apartment in the 8100 block of Washington Boulevard in Jessup for a report of an 8-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself in the leg.
When officers arrived, they located the boy, who was bleeding heavily. They immediately rendered first aid, applying a tourniquet and bandages before the arrival of paramedics, and are credited with likely saving the boy’s life.
The child was taken to the hospital where he underwent surgery. Police say he is doing well and he continues to recover at home.
Responding officers learned that the boy’s mother was house-sitting for an acquaintance who lived in the apartment, 34-year-old Branden Antwain Davis.
Police investigated the circumstances of the accidental shooting and established probable cause for a search of Davis’ apartment.
Officers found five guns that Davis was prohibited from possessing, along with suspected heroin, fentanyl, crystal meth, cocaine, MDMA, and marijuana in quantities indicative of distribution.
Davis, who was not at home at the time, was later arrested.
He is being charged with 28 counts of weapon and drug violations and is being held without bond at the Howard County Detention Center.
Howard County Police thanked PFCs Ron Wetherson, Matt Shiplett, Jermaine Persaud, Cpl. Samuel Honablew (not pictured); and POs Regan Miller and Jordan Smith for their work that saved a child’s life.