HILLSBORO, Ore. -- An Aloha father shot his teenage son by mistake early Thursday morning while retrieving a handgun, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were dispatched about 2:40 a.m. to the 21500 block of Southwest Peggy Court on a shooting call.

They learned that 38-year-old Brian Matsuo had shot his 16-year-old son by mistake. Police did not release information on the manner in which the father was handling the gun when it fired.

The injuries to the son are serious but he is expected to survive.

The results of an investigation will be forwarded to the district attorney.

The sheriff's office offered these gun safety tips.

Total adherence to the four cardinal rules of gun safety will prevent almost all -- if not all -- unintended discharges of firearms:

  • 1. Always treat all firearms as if they were loaded.
  • 2. Never allow the muzzle of any firearm to point at anything you are not willing to shoot.
  • 3. Never put your finger near the trigger until you are ready to fire.
  • 4. Always be sure of your target, and what is behind and in front of it.

"The Washington County Sheriff's Office encourages gun owners to store their firearms safely and securely to prevent unintentional shootings. Many inexpensive options exist, including biometric gun safes, to prevent unintended access to firearms."