A 36-year-old Independence Township, Michigan man was trying to demonstrate gun safety to his girlfriend. The girlfriend told police that the man had been drinking all day and was explaining to her that his three handguns are safe when they aren't loaded. To demonstrate this, he placed the guns against his head and pulled the trigger.
When he pulled the trigger on the third handgun, it discharged. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police report that there were three children, ages 7, 10 and 12 in the house at the time but they did not witness the shooting.
The sheriff commented that he had "never heard of anyone testing out the safety of a gun by pointing at their head and pulling the trigger."
Police are not yet releasing the man's name and continue to investigate the incident. The medical examiner has ruled the death a suicide.