911 tape released of shooting that killed Hooper teen

May 30 2012 - 11:06pm

OGDEN -- Callers pleaded with emergency dispatchers to quickly send rescue personnel to a campground near the Yuba Reservoir where Cameron Bryce Charlton, 17, of Hooper, was fatally shot early Monday morning, according to a 911 recording released by the Juab County Sheriff's Office.

The Standard-Examiner obtained the recording, which lasts a little more than five minutes, through a state public records request.

The recording contains calls from three people, including an individual working for the Oasis campground, where the shooting was reported shortly before 3:30 a.m. Monday.

In one of the calls, a frantic man describes to dispatchers where Cameron Charlton is located in the campground and tries to provide information about his injuries. Wailing can be heard in the background.

"Is the individual still breathing?" asks a dispatcher.

"No," the man on the other end of the phone line responds, his voice quavering.

In another call, a woman, who describes herself as Cameron Charlton's sister-in-law, tells a dispatcher the victim is unresponsive.

"He's not moving at all," she says.

Finally, a woman who helps operate the Oasis campground, calls 911 and explains how Cameron Charlton was shot.

"It looks like they were playing with a gun and it went off," she tells a dispatcher on the recording.

Cameron Charlton, who just finished his junior year at Fremont High School, died from a gunshot wound to the head.

His brother, Eric Charlton, 27, was arrested and booked into Juab County Jail on suspicion of manslaughter. He was released from jail Monday night after posting a $5,000 cash bond.

The Charltons and a group of about 18 others were camping at the Oasis campground.

Eric Charlton told a Juab County Sheriff's Office deputy that he was sitting around a campfire with his brother and his brother's friend when the accidental shooting with a .45-caliber handgun occurred.

"He then said he placed the weapon on the ground and was talking to his brother about trust," according to a probable cause statement released by the Juab County Sheriff's Office. "He said he picked the gun up and swung it toward his brother, when the weapon discharged, striking his brother in the left temple."

It appears alcohol was a contributing factor in the shooting, according to the Juab County Sheriff's Office.

Listen to the 911 recording

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