47-year-old Chet Emery, a sergeant with the Bristol Tennessee Police Department and a firing range instructor at the Shooter's Edge in Piney Flats, was with his girlfriend, 46-year-old Kelly Crandell, at the firing range. Kelly was shooting a .22 caliber pistol. According to the general manager of the range, "with any semi-automatic, the brass cartridge comes out. One of them went up and came down and landed in her shirt. She jerked forward with her arms and shoulders, and dropped the gun. We tell everybody, 'If you fumble your gun, drop it.' She actually did catch it, and her finger was on the trigger."
When she caught the gun, Kelly unintentionally discharged the handgun sending a bullet through Chet's wrist and into the right side of his chest. Chet was airlifted to the hospital where he is listed in stable condition.
"Handguns themselves, they aren't dangerous," said the range manager. "When it gets loaded, now it has the potential to do something. It's just a bit ironic that this happened to one of our best instructors. If it can happen to him, it can happen to anybody."