Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens reports that on July 9 at 1:12 p.m. the sheriff's office received a report of an accidental shooting that occurred south of Estherville. The caller also advised the Emmet County Sheriff's Office 911 operator that the victim was being transported to Avera Holy Family Hospital in Estherville by a private vehicle.
Upon investigation by the sheriff's office it was determined that 19-year-old Sierrah Rivera and 18-year-old Dylan Petersen, both of Estherville, were at Cheever Lake 1 1/2 miles southwest of Estherville shooting a .22 caliber rifle when Rivera slipped and fell while holding the loaded rifle. As Rivera fell the rifle discharged striking Petersen in the left bicep. Rivera also injured her left arm during the fall. Both Petersen and Rivera were treated and released from Avera Holy Family Hospital.
The incident remains under investigation by the sheriff's office.