Shooting death of Liberty High student ruled accidental

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BEDFORD Co., Va. (WDBJ7) -- Officials from the Bedford County Sheriff's Office have confirmed that the death of an 18-year-old Liberty High student was the result of an accidental shooting.

The sheriff's office confirmed that the gunshot wound to Nicholas Bernard's head was an accident on Wednesday.

The shooting occurred Jan. 8, and Bernard was transferred to the Roanoke Memorial Hospital by helicopter where he later died.

Bedford County Public Schools expressed their sorrow over the student's death in a statement saying, "It is with tremendous sorrow that we confirm the recent death of Nick Bernard, Liberty High School Senior. Nick was well known by both students and faculty for his natural ability to bring joy to the campus."

"He will be deeply missed by everyone who was fortunate enough to have known him. We extend our deepest sympathy to Nick’s family, friends and the Bedford Community."