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Becker County deputies investigate White Earth shooting

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Updated: 4:25pm (08/16/2013)

If you’re a convicted felon who isn’t supposed to have a gun, make sure you don’t accidently shoot yourself in the leg.

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That’s apparently what happened to Kristopher Lee Villebrun, 28, on Thursday evening.

The White Earth man was taken by air ambulance to a Fargo hospital after what appears to be an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The shooting occurred just before 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the east projects area of White Earth.

John Seiling of the Becker County Sheriff’s Office said the incident was originally reported as an accidental shooting.

When officers arrived, they were told the injury had been caused by a drive-by shooting, but that claim was rejected after an investigation and witness interviews confirmed the shooting was accidental.

The entry wound was in Villebrun’s left thigh and the bullet exited out the back of his leg. It appears to have been caused by a .22 caliber weapon.

Villebrun’s wound is not considered life threatening.

He is a convicted felon and cannot legally possess firearms.

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