MIDDLETON -- A 51-year-old woman was taken to a Boise hospital Friday night after she was accidentally shot in the head.

The woman, whose name was not released by authorities, was present in a home in the 100 block of South Marjorie Avenue when the incident occurred.

According to the Canyon County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to the residence just after 8:15 p.m. to find a male subject performing first aid on a female who appeared to have been shot in the head. Medical personnel arrived a short time later and transported the woman to a hospital in Boise.

Witnesses told authorities that the 56-year-old homeowner was showing a .380 caliber handgun to his nephew. Prior to handing the firearm to him, the homeowner unloaded it. When the firearm was returned to him, the homeowner reloaded the firearm and was trying to let the hammer down when the firearm discharged and struck his 51-year-old wife in the head. Other family members immediately called 911 for help.

Information about the woman's condition was not immediately available. Authorities said an investigation into the incident is ongoing and it was too early to speculate what criminal charges, if any, might be filed.

Sheriff Chris Smith said he wanted to take this opportunity to remind residents that firearm safety is "extremely" important. "Always, always know where the firearm is pointed," the Canyon County Sheriff's Office said in a media release. "Tragic incidents like this one emphasize the importance of firearm safety."

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