According to reports, Baker went to sleep in the living room and Coleman brought the gun into his bedroom for safekeeping because there were children in the house.
Coleman's wife, Dorthea, asked him if the gun was loaded. Coleman said it wasn't and in order to show her he racked the slide back while pulling the trigger. The gun discharged and the bullet hit Dorthea, going through-and-through both her legs right behind the knee.
Dorthea was taken to the hospital for treatment. Coleman was arrested and charged with simple assault with a deadly weapon.