The shooting occurred shortly before midnight on Christmas Eve. According to an incident report from the WCSD, Stewart was in an out-building that had been converted into an extra room at the residence where he was playing an Xbox game.
Brandon Mitchell Howell, 22, a member of the military stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky. who made the call to 911, told authorities that he was going to clean his gun, a Glock 22 .40 caliber handgun, but when he dropped the magazine out and started to slide the slide back, the handgun went off.
Howell told the officers that he did not know that a round was inside the chamber of the gun. He then saw blood coming from Stewart’s neck, and he told the officers that he attempted to apply pressure to Stewart’s neck to stop the bleeding, but the blood was coming out too fast. Howell said at that point he went to get help.
Wilson Emergency Management Agency responded to the scene, and emergency personnel then notified the medical examiner.
Deputy James R. Whited, one of the responding officers, noted in the report that he found Stewart lying on his back on a bed, the television was on and there was blood on him, the floor, furniture and walls.
Whited said he saw an entrance wound on the right side of Stewart’s neck and also saw an exit wound on the left side of his neck. The round went into the sheet rock in a closet then fell on the floor.
He noted in the report that he did not observe “any suspicious activity while speaking with Mr. Howell and he did appear very upset and sick to his stomach.”
In addition, Whited said Howell told him that the two had consumed beer during the day.
Services for Mr. Stewart were to be held Tuesday, Dec. 30 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel in Lebanon.
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