21-year-old Kyle Labrosse, an active-duty Army soldier stationed in Anchorage, Alaska, was cleaning his .45-caliber handgun, preparing to go to the shooting range, when he unintentionally discharged the gun. The bullet hit his wife, passing through her breast, and then proceeded through the floor of the apartment and into the apartment below. Steven Brawn was sitting on his couch, watching tv when the bullet landed on a chair about six feet away. "It was pretty simultaneous, the sound and the bullet," Brawn said. "It had slowed down enough where I could kind of see it out of the corner of my eye."
Kyle's father called the police to report the shooting. When the police entered Kyle's apartment they found military camouflage clothing on the floor, a number of weapons in the living room and an expended .45 cartridge.
Fearing the accident would jeopardize his military career, Kyle and his wife had left the apartment before the police arrived and had called police and made up a story about being victims of an armed robbery.
Kyle's wife was treated at a hospital and released. Kyle was arrested and charged with third-degree assault.
"This is somebody who is trained in the use of weapons, how to handle weapons, how to manipulate weapons. Yet he does it in an unsafe manner," said police. "It's just a miracle that his wife wasn't shot in the head."