December shooting by Winston-Salem police trainee ruled an accident

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Nikolaos Keefe Tish

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem police trainee will not face criminal charges in what police have called the accidental shooting of his wife in December.

Jessica Marie Tish, 24, of the 2500 block of Quinn Forest Way was shot in the abdomen Dec. 29, 2015. Winston-Salem police said at the time that her husband, Nikolaos Keefe Tish, accidentally shot her while handling his personal gun.

Jessica Tish was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for treatment, and a spokeswoman for Baptist said at the time that she didn’t have any information about Tish’s condition. It’s not clear whether Tish remains at the hospital or is recuperating elsewhere. Police have declined to provide information about her condition, citing medical privacy laws.

Winston-Salem Police Chief Barry Rountree said in an email late last week that the police department’s Criminal Investigations Division had completed its investigation and determined that Nikolaos Tish fired his gun accidentally. Detectives consulted with the Forsyth County District Attorney’s Office and concluded that no criminal charges would be filed, Rountree said.

Read more: Winston-Salem Journal

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