Shooting victim identified
The Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office released the name of the 15-year-old boy who died in a shooting shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday in the town of Farmington.
Jacob A. Peglow, of the town of Dayton, was accidentally killed by a 17-year-old friend while they were playing with a .22-caliber handgun they did not know was loaded, according to Sheriff Brad Hardel.
“They found the guns and were looking at them when one of them went off,” Hardel told the Waupaca County Post.
Hardel said the teens were alone at the Rieben Road home of the 17-year-old, who called 911 and reported the shooting.
The dispatcher told the boy what measures he could take to save Peglow’s life, which he attempted to do.
When deputies arrived, Peglow was “not breathing and he had no pulse,” Hardel said. “They tried the best they could.”
Ambulance personnel also attempted unsuccessfully to revive the boy.
ThedaStar arrived to fly Peglow to a Neenah hospital, but he died from his injuries before being transported.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Hardel knows the families of both teens involved in the accidental shooting and notified their parents.
“That’s part of my job,” Hardel said. “It’s absolutely the worst.”
Hardel described the shooting as “a tragic accident.”
“It hits harder when you know both families involved,” Hardel said. “Our hearts go out to these families.”
Hardel said the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office does not plan to release the name of the 17-year-old boy.