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Discussion in 'Bizarre and Off-Beat News' started by Liz, Oct 2, 2006.

  1. Liz

    Liz I am not a chemist and this is not my 1st rodeo

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    Published Saturday, September 30, 2006

    The Associated Press
    ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.
    A sheriff's deputy showing a handgun to friends at his birthday party accidentally shot himself in the face, killing himself, authorities said Saturday.

    Matt Barnes, 26, told guests at the Friday night celebration his .45-caliber revolver was not loaded, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

    More at link:
    http://www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060930/APA/609302695/


    How awful! And his poor fiance witnessed him shooting himself in the face! :(

    I wonder if the birthday party was on his actual birthday. Such an avoidable death. Especially being a sheriff, he should have known to check that weapon to ensure it wasn't loaded.
     
  2. strach304

    strach304 New Member

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    Oh how really awful! I can't even think of words for such a tragedy.
     
  3. GlitchWizard

    GlitchWizard Reprobate

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    I can think of words... people are accidently killed by guns that "aren't loaded" all the time. Who trained him in firearms, Larry, Mo and Curley?
     
  4. SadieMae

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    It was a tragedy, but I agree with you. HE of all people should have known guns are nothing to play around with, especially while drinking.
     
  5. dark_shadows

    dark_shadows Former Member

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    Thanks for the article Liz.

    Respectfully,
    dark_shadows
     
  6. Paladin

    Paladin Former Member

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    Always always always unload the bullet in the chamber even if there isn't a clip in the gun.

    EDIT: Just saw that this gun was a revolver...better double check anyways.
     

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