WEST JORDAN — A 15-year-old boy remained hospitalized in critical but stable condition Sunday after he was shot in what police say appears to have been a "horrible accident."

The boy's father was preparing to put away a handgun when it discharged on Saturday, said West Jordan police spokesman Ian Adams.

"At the end of the preliminary investigation, the detectives believe that this was just a horrible accident," he said.

The incident happened in a bedroom of the family home at 5176 W. 8820 South around 7 p.m. When officers arrived, the boy was conscious and able to talk to emergency responders, Adams said. He was flown by helicopter to Primary Children's Medical Center.

"He's doing better today," Adams said Sunday evening. "His injuries are no longer life threatening."

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Ladd Brubaker