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Gingersnap
10-05-2009, 11:45 AM
Man, 25, reportedly shoots himself

By Eric Morrison | JUNEAU EMPIRE

A 25-year-old man was medevaced to Seattle with life-threatening injuries after accidentally shooting himself in the head with a .22-caliber rifle in Lemon Creek on Friday afternoon, the Juneau Police Department reported.

Police responded to a report of an accidental shooting at about 2:20 p.m. at an apartment where they found the man alive but unresponsive. Three other adults and an infant were in the apartment on Glacier Highway and all the adults gave the same description of what happened, police spokesman Sgt. Dave Campbell said. The man's name was not released.

"It looks like it was a tragic accident," Campbell said.

Police say the accidental shooting happened as the group was planning to go to the gun range. One of the adults raised concern about the 25-year-old man handling the firearm because of the infant being in the room, according to a police press release. The adult also was concerned that the rifle was loaded.

"The man joked that there was one way to find out if it was loaded and, at that point, he reportedly put the rifle in his mouth and pulled the trigger," according to the release.

Capital City Fire and Rescue paramedics rushed the victim to Bartlett Regional Hospital. He was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Even though the gun involved in the shooting was a small caliber rifle, all loaded firearms are dangerous, Campbell said.

"It's still a bullet and when you're talking about close range like that, small calibers are very dangerous," he said.

Neither alcohol nor drugs [nor Florida] appear to have played a role in the incident, police reported.

You just can't make this stuff up. Bonus material: check out filename in the address. :D

Juneau Empire (http://juneauempire.com/stories/100409/loc_500794027.shtml?dumbass)

linda22003
10-05-2009, 11:52 AM
""The man joked that there was one way to find out if it was loaded and, at that point, he reportedly put the rifle in his mouth and pulled the trigger," according to the release. "

Another one of those great "name the sex of the victim" stories.:rolleyes:

PoliCon
10-05-2009, 12:45 PM
Darwin award?

Gingersnap
10-05-2009, 12:47 PM
Darwin award?

Jury's out on that one - he's still alive at the moment.

PoliCon
10-05-2009, 12:49 PM
Jury's out on that one - he's still alive at the moment.

honorable mention at least . . . .