Poplar Bluff teen dies after accidental shooting
POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - According to Butler County Coroner Jim Akers, a Poplar Bluff teen who was accidentally shot was taken off of life support on Christmas Eve has died.
Kaitlyn Pullam, 17, died around 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 26.
She had been taken off of life support on Christmas Eve.
The news was confirmed from the family through their pastor at The First United Methodist Church of Poplar Bluff.
Pullam was shot the night of Monday, Dec. 21 at her home.
Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs said her father thought the gun was not loaded and it inadvertently went off.
When deputies arrived they found, Kaitlyn in her bedroom unresponsive with what appeared to be a single gunshot wound to her face.
Witnesses told deputies that another family member in the home was trying to unload a black powder rifle when it discharged and went through the wall, hitting Kaitlyn.
The sheriff said Kaitlyn did not have a pulse when authorities arrived at the scene.
Dobbs said deputies and EMS personnel continued CPR on her.
He said she eventually regained a pulse at a Poplar Bluff hospital emergency room.
Pullam was airlifted to St. Louis Children's Hospital for further treatment, where she remained in a coma.
Her pastor at The First United Methodist Church in Poplar Bluff said Kaitlyn's family is moved by the community's support.
"They just greatly appreciate everything that people have done," said Pastor David Stewart. "They've been surprised by the number of people who've wanted to be involved and connecting. They've been overwhelmed by the amount and outpouring of generosity."
Pastor Stewart also said Kaitlyn had dreams of working in forensics, and that she was very intelligent.
"She had goals, she was driven, she was going to accomplish those," Stewart said. "In fact, she really had already graduated, but was going to hang out for just one more semester just to walk with everybody else."
The pastor said her family had moved to Poplar Bluff from West Plains, Missouri not long ago.
The family plans to donate Kaitlyn's organs.
Anyone wanting to support Kaitlyn's family can send a donation or gift to The First United Methodist Church in the family's name.
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