RAWLINGS - A Rawlings man died Thursday evening when his brother accidentally shot him with a 20-gauge shotgun.


RAWLINGS - A Rawlings man died Thursday evening when his brother accidentally shot him with a 20-gauge shotgun.
According to the Allegany County Sheriff’s Department, deputies responded to Benson Drive in Rawlings at 7:14 p.m. Thursday, for a reported shooting.
Maryland State Police and the Maryland  Natural Resources Police also responded to the scene, and found 47-year-old Jamie Lee Crossland just inside the doorway of the residence, suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
Officers began immediate emergency medical treatment, which they continued until the arrival of the Cresaptown Volunteer Fire Department ambulance.
Despite continued medical treatment, however, Crossland was pronounced dead at the scene.
Members of the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit (C3I) then responded to the scene to assist in the investigation. A search warrant was obtained for the residence and the crime scene was processed by members of the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division.
The gun believed used, a 20 gauge shotgun, was recovered from the scene.
Numerous interviews were conducted as part of the investigation, including the victim's brother, 45-year-old Keith William Crossland. According to Keith Crossland, he had obtained the shotgun to shoot a squirrel. When his brother attempted to prevent him from shooting from inside the house, however, the gun discharged, striking Jamie Crossland in the abdomen.
Keith Crossland  has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment. He was taken before a District Court Commissioner.
The victim's body will be transported to the Maryland State Medical Examiner's Office in Baltimore for an autopsy.
The investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death is continuing by C3I.