McDowell County Man Charged After Son Accidentally Shoots Friend

Detective Van Williams of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged Merle Dwayne Foster, 48, address listed as N.C. 226 South in Nebo, with failure to store a firearm to protect a minor.  In the early morning hours of Sunday, March 27, 16-year-old Braxton Mosteller, address listed as Nebo, was spending the night with his friend, 17-year-old Jake Foster, address listed as N.C. 226 South in Nebo. Jake Foster was cleaning a handgun, when it accidentally fired and hit Mosteller in the lower left leg. Mosteller was taken to Mission Hospital McDowell for treatment of his wound.