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Accidental shooting sends a Hurricane man to the hospital

HURRICANE — A Hurricane City man was transported to the Dixie Regional Medical Center Wednesday after he accidentally shot himself in the hand with a .40-caliber pistol. The injuries were not life-threatening.

Hurricane City Police officers responded to a residence in the area of 2500 South and 3900 West at 11:54 a.m. Wednesday on a report of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the hand, Hurricane City Police Sgt. Brandon Buell said. The investigating officers determined that the man was trying to disassemble the handgun when it accidentally discharged, striking him in the hand, Buell said.

The man was transported by Hurricane City Fire and Ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center.

 Helpful gun safety tips from the National Rifle Association 

  • Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction
  • Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  • Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use

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  11 Comments
  1. Steve January 1, 2014 at 5:49 pm · Reply

    That’s starting the new year off with a bang!

  2. Lina January 1, 2014 at 6:16 pm · Reply

    If he was taking it apart, why was it loaded? He is making gun owners look bad.

  3. Craig January 1, 2014 at 8:39 pm · Reply

    What an idiot.

    • San January 2, 2014 at 12:21 am · Reply

      can you imagine?

  4. Amanda January 2, 2014 at 7:04 am · Reply

    Wow aren’t we quick to criticize and judge. Lets think about this for a sec. The article has a little over two paragraphs. They don’t have even the guys name or model of gun. Maybe just maybe its not this guy that makes gun owners look bad but the media that thinks they need to cover every little incident that happens with a gun. Like the article posted on stgnews that made a big deal over a gun being spotted on someone and a 22 magazine found at the temple visitor center. All because a gun was invaled or mentioned. Kinda silly isn’t it?

    • Roger January 2, 2014 at 7:49 am · Reply

      I was just about to say the same thing. Many comments in the STG News are made by folks who didn’t even read the article or just fired off some comment because of two or three key words mentioned in the title of the article.
      PLEASE read the article first, then contemplate a useful intelligent comment, then proceed with submitting comment.
      There is really not enough info on this story to make any real useful comment about the person or the situation.
      Hope his hand heals and he can regain full use in the next few months.

    • Craig January 2, 2014 at 11:46 am · Reply

      It doesn’t matter what his name is or the make and model of the gun. He is an idiot for not making sure it was unloaded BEFORE attempting to disassemble it. That is a very basic gun handling and safety procedure. Imagine if he had shot a child while practicing his idiocy. We would be having a very different conversation. Thankfully, he only hurt himself. Maybe the next time some common sense will come along and slap him upside his head.

  5. N. T. Ideit January 2, 2014 at 10:35 am · Reply

    Really, having your pistol discharge while you’re trying to take it apart makes you an idiot. Period. I can base this on two things, never try to take a gun apart while a shell is in the chamber. AND never point a gun at anything, including your own Hand, you don’t have the intention of shooting.

  6. My Evil Twin January 2, 2014 at 4:39 pm · Reply

    There is no way you can have an “accidental discharge” from a fire arm if you are practicing the most basic of safety. I worked with a deputy in California that killed a copy machine due to a momentary lapse of basic safety precautions. (Of course he made Lieutenant before he retired, but that’s another story.)

    “Accidents happen!” Baloney. “Stupidity and Carelessness Happen,” would be a more appropriate term.

  7. ladybugavenger January 2, 2014 at 10:50 pm · Reply

    wow

  8. Phil January 9, 2014 at 9:24 am · Reply

    His hand wound was on bestgore not that long ago.

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