Friend: 4-year-old shot in head while fishing

July 24, 2011 - 12:14 PM

OSSIAN, Ind. (AP) — A family friend says a 4-year-old boy who was fatally shot while out fishing with his father in northeastern Indiana was struck in the head by an errant bullet.

Trisha Ulmer tells The Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne that Jacob Michuda was shot in the temple late Friday night while he and his father were fishing from a pier at a pond outside Ossian.

Forty-six-year-old neighbor Bruce Pond is being held on a preliminary charge of reckless homicide and is due to appear in court Monday.

Ulmer calls the shooting a "freak accident."

Wells County Sheriff Monte Fisher tells the Bluffton News-Banner alcohol was involved and that Pond apparently shot at a light on the pier where the father and son were fishing.