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.