Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Armed Virginia citizen gets in car, adjusts gun, shot self; Cop shot self handling gun at home

Man accidentally shoots himself in Newport News

NEWPORT NEWS, Va (3-29-16) A man is recovering after an accidental shooting in Newport News.

Police say emergency communications received a call at 12:02 a.m. Tuesday, reporting a man who had accidentally shot himself in the leg on Colony Road. When officers arrived, they found a 55-year-old York town man who was suffering from a gunshot wound to his right thigh.

The man told police he had just gotten into his vehicle when the incident happened. He stated he attempted to remove his weapon and holster from his pocket when his finger accidentally engaged the trigger, causing the gun to go off. His adult son, who was nearby, heard the shot and provided medical aid until medics arrived to the scene.

The man was taken to the hospital with a non-life threatening injury

Updated: Police investigate accidental shooting

Lewisville, Tx (3-30-16) Captain Dan Rochelle said that police believe the victim was shot in the face accidentally with a rifle at a home in the 1600 block of Glenhill. For some reason someone at the location decided to drive the victim to the hospital instead of calling for an ambulance. They made it as far as the intersection of Garden Ridge and Main Street.

Miranda Vasey was driving by when the car stopped, and she saw the victim getting out of the car bloody. "I stopped and got out to check on him, thinking they had been in a vehicle accident," she said.
Vasey told police that the driver did not have a phone. Another man who stopped at the scene called 9-1-1.  "I assisted in having the man sit down, getting the driver of the mustang to find something cloth to apply pressure to the gun shot," said Vasey. She said she talked to the man to keep him alert until paramedics arrived.

Rochelle said that he was talking to police at the hospital, and that as far as he knew everyone was cooperating in the investigation.

The victim was taken by helicopter to a hospital. The helicopter was headed in the direction of Parkland when it flew over the LTJ offices. Captain Dan Rochelle said that the victim was talking to paramedics.

Lewisville Police Chief Russell Kerbow provided an update by social media: "We have reason to believe this was an accidental shooting. We have no information at this point to indicate any danger to nearby residents or schools."

Lima Police officer accidentally shoots himself

Lima, Oh (3-29-16) A Lima Police Department officer was recovering from a gunshot wound to his left hand after he accidentally shot himself while off duty over the weekend, Shawnee Township Police Department reported.

The officer, Scott Leland, was clearing a 9 mm handgun of ammunition inside his home off Fort Amanda Road at 6 p.m. Sunday when the accident happened, according to Shawnee Township Fire Department records.

Leland, 51, was taken to St. Rita’s Medical Center by ambulance, according to records.

The injury was not life threatening, Shawnee Township Police Chief Mike Keith said.

No one else was injured. Leland gave a full statement on the accident and was forthcoming explaining how it happened, Keith said.

The weapon was not his service firearm that he carries on the job, Keith said.

Leland has been on the Lima Police Department since May 26, 1993. He has worked as a detective and most recently was assigned to investigate computer crimes.

Boy, 13, who was featured in anti-violence PSA critically injured in shooting

CHICAGO, IL (3-29-16) One person is dead and 28 others are injured in shootings on the south and west side of Chicago.

The youngest victim: Zarriel Trotter, a 13-year-old boy who was recently featured in a PSA calling for an end to gun violence. (Zarriel Trotter appears at the 30-second mark.)

Around 8:30 p.m. Friday night, an argument broke out between two groups of people in the 5500 block of West Jackson Boulevard in the city's Austin neighborhood, according to WGN.  Police said a man from one of the groups pulled out a gun and fired shots.

Trotter was standing on the sidewalk away from the fight when he was hit, police said.  He suffered a gunshot wound to the lower back and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital.  Trotter underwent surgery on Saturday. He remains in critical condition.

Police said they believe he was not the intended target in the shooting.

Indiana man held in his wife’s fatal weekend shooting

FRANKFORT, In (3-29-16) — A central Indiana man who’s a former deputy town marshal faces a preliminary murder charge in his wife’s fatal shooting.

Keith A. Smith, 56, was arrested Saturday after the body of Lisa Smith, 50, was found in Frankfort, about 40 miles northwest of Indianapolis. He’s being held without bond at the Clinton County Jail.

On Monday, a judge ordered Smith to be held on a preliminary murder charge and gave prosecutors 72 hours to file formal charges.

During the hearing, Smith could be heard sobbing, and as he left the courtroom, he said, “Tell everyone I’m sorry.”

According to court documents, Smith told investigators that he and his wife had argued before he got his gun to demonstrate how they could have a “suicide pact,” the (Evansville) Journal & Courier reported. He said he pulled the trigger to shoot himself, but he accidentally shot her instead.

Smith “sat on the edge of the bed and smoked a cigarette” after the incident, the documents state.

The documents suggest that Smith “had no concept of times” while recalling the events of the day. He also was unable to remember how the argument started, the documents said.

Smith once served as a deputy marshal in the town of Colfax, WLFI-TV reported. Clinton County Sheriff’s Maj. Joe Mink said Smith was terminated for rule violations after working for the sheriff’s office for less than a year.

The case will still be heavily investigated, according to Chief Deputy Prosecutor John Myers.

Smith is expected to appear in court again this week after the former charges are filed.

Mobile police chief developing youth anti-gun campaign

MOBILE, AL (3-30-16) The most recent victim of gun violence was a 17-year-old that attends LeFlore High School. Mobile Police has not released the identity of the victim.

Since January, five teenagers have been shot and killed in Mobile. Victims range in age from 15-year-old to 18-years-old.

In reaction to these deaths, Mobile Police Chief James Barber announced a new youth anti-gun program campaign in partnership with the Mobile County Public School System.

“We're working with Martha Peek, the superintendent of schools and also the art department. To try to roll out some other campaigns to teach kids about gun violence and about the dangers of guns… and create an environment where it's not OK to carry these weapons,” Chief Barber said.

The youngest victim was 15-year-old Amir Parker. He was shot and killed on Fat Tuesday in the Popeye’s parking lot.

16-year-old Jermaine Wright was killed by his 15-year-old girlfriend in an accidental shooting.
In the first week of January, 18-year old Kaylieb Gatson was shot in the head by a 14-year-old playing with a gun.

The new youth anti-gun program will allow young people to interact with law enforcement anonymously.

FOX10 News will continue to follow the efforts to reduce youth gun violence.

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