Sunday, February 22, 2015

School resource officer unintentionally discharges gun inside high school

School police officer Paul Semler unintentionally discharged his gun inside Western Wayne High School in South Canaan Township, Pennsylvania.

According to the school's superintendent, "At approximately 11 .am. our school police officer, while in his office, inadvertently discharged his firearm."

The superintendent would not say how the gun went off or what Semler was doing at the time.  A school staff member was in the office at the time the gun went off.  "Thankfully, no one was hurt," he said, "and there were no students in the office or in the near vicinity."

Semler is a retired state trooper and has been with the district for several years. He has been suspended without pay while investigators determine whether he should be charged with reckless endangerment.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Michigan woman fatally shoots herself while adjusting gun in her bra holster

55-year-old Christina Bond, of St. Joseph, Michigan, was adjusting the handgun in her bra holster on New Years Day when she unintentionally discharged the gun. The bullet struck Christina in the eye.  She was airlifted to a hosptial in Kalamazoo where she died the next day.

According to new details of the incident that were just released, officials report "she was having trouble adjusting her bra holster, couldn't get it to fit the way she wanted it to.  She was looking down at it and accidentally discharged the weapon."

According to her obituary, Christina joined the Navy out of high school, served two terms as an active Military Police, and was an administrator for the Road to Life Church.  She is survived by her two sons and six grandchildren.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Teen unintentionally shoots friend in the arm and the penis

A 15-year-old Collier County, Florida called 911 for help. "I've been shot. I've been shot," he said. "Can you please call the rescue?"

The 911 dispatcher asked him what kind of gun was used and where he had been shot.

"I don't know," the teen replied.  "Just please come get me, please. I'm bleeding out, please. I think I am shot in the arm...and I think my penis."

The teen was flown to a hospital in For Myers for treatment. He told police a friend had shot him unintentionally and that he had told the friend to leave his house to avoid getting into trouble.

Police are investigated in the incident.  It is not known where the teenagers got the gun. The injured teen has been released from the hospital and is in stable condition.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

4-year-old shoots uncle with gun he found on the floor

A Milwaukee, Wisconsin man told police he was going to the gun range and that the gun he was planning on using was on the floor when his 4-year-old nephew found it.

The boy picked up the gun and unintentionally discharged it, shooting his uncle in the stomach.

Police did not report on the extent of the injuries but did indicate that the investigation is ongoing.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

2 injured when gun falls out of man's fanny pack in grocery store

58-year-old Gerry Good, of Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, was shopping at the Richland Township Giant Eagle. When he leaned over inside the store a gun fell out of a fanny pack he was wearing, hit the floor and discharged.

According to police, the gun "fell in such a way that the barrel hit the floor and somehow the gun went off." Pieces of the bullet and the ceramic tile from the floor hit two people shopping nearby. Both were grazed in the leg. The injuries were treated on the scene.

Good, who has a concealed weapons permit, was arrested and charged with two simple assault charges and two reckless assault charges.

Guns are the only consumer product manufactured in American not regulated by a federal agency for health and safety. Guns that discharge when dropped clearly have a design flaw yet the Consumer Product Safety Commission has no authority to issue a recall on any gun or demand they be redesigned.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Kentucky police officer unintentionally shoots self in elevator

Surveillance video captured an off-duty Kentucky police officer unintentionally shooting himself in an elevator in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The officer, Darryl Jouett of Erlanger, Kentucky, was in the elevator with his wife.

The video shows Jouett fumbling with a gun while holding a box.  The gun discharges and shoots him in his abdomen.  Jouett falls to his knees before stumbling out of the elevator and clutching a wall.

Jouett was taken to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. He was kept overnight and released the next morning.

Jouett is a 25-year veteran of the police force.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Woman shoots husband mistaking him for intruder

27-year-old Tiffany Sequel, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, had gone back to bed after her husband, 28-year-old Zia Segule, left for work.

Zia later came back home to surprise his wife with breakfast. When he walked through the front door he triggered the home's alarm system.

The alarm woke Tiffany up and she grabbed a handgun that was near the bed.  Thinking there was an intruder in the house Tiffany fired the gun through the closed bedroom door.

The bullet struck Zia in the chest.  He was taken to the local medical center where he was listed in stable condition.

A neighbor said that while he understands how this can happen, "I wouldn't open fire just like that."

Monday, January 5, 2015

Police Chief Unintentionally Shoots Himself, for the Second Time

Connersville, Indiana Police Chief David Counceller was shopping for a new handgun last year when he unintentionally discharged his service Glock handgun.  Newly released surveillance footage from the gun store shows the incident.

According to Counceller, the Glock "got tangled in my clothing. I was wearing a sweatshirt and a fleece jacket. I felt it go in the holster and I pushed it, but it was tangled in the material which caused it to discharge.  The bullet went into my leg and then into the floor."

The injury to his leg was minor. Counceller said he drove himself to the hospital for treatment and then returned to work.

In 1999, Counceller also unintentionally shot himself.  "I was working third shift as a captain," he explains. "I was unloading [the gun] to take it to the gunsmith and I didn't drop the barrel to see if there was [a bullet] in the chamber. The shot hit my hand. That one really hurt."

Counceller has been Chief of Police in Connersville for seven years.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Man struck and killed by stray bullet while watching fireworks on New Year's Eve

43-year-old Javier Rivera, of Houston, Texas was standing in his driveway with his wife, watching neighborhood fireworks when he was struck by a stray bullet.  Rivera, who was struck in the head, died at the scene.

Police think that Javier was struck by a falling bullet from celebratory gunfire. They say the shot could have been fired up to a mile away.  Police are trying to determine who fired the shot.

In addition to his wife Javier is survived by three children.

Other reports of damage from celebratory gunfire on New Year's Eve include a woman in Tampa, FL who was hit in the leg by a stray bullet while waiting for a fireworks display, a woman in Atlanta, Georgia who was shot when a bullet came through the ceiling of her home, and a man in St. Louis, Missouri who was grazed by a bullet that come through his wall. 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2-year-old unintentionally shoots and kills woman in Wal-Mart

A 29-year-old woman was shopping with four children at the Wal-Mart in Hayden, Idaho. According to police, one of the kids reached into the woman's purse and unintentionally discharged a handgun that was in the bag.

The woman was shot and died at the scene. The child who discharged the gun was about 2-years-old.

Deputies said the woman and the children were near the electronics section when the incident happened.  The woman was in town for the holidays and is not from the area.

After looking at video surveillance from the store and talking to eye witnesses deputies determined the shooting was unintentional.

Deputies said the woman had a concealed weapons permit.