Friday, April 15, 2016

Bailiff negligently discharges personal gun in Hall of Justice; In two incidents a gun brandished in arguments negligently wounds owner.

San Francisco Sheriff Launches Investigation Into Deputy Shooting at Hall of Justice

San Francisco, Ca (4-14-16) Authorities are investigating an accidental shooting inside San Francisco's Hall of Justice, Sheriff Vicki Hennessy said on Thursday.

The shooting occurred Wednesday morning when a bailiff, who does not currently carry a weapon in their current role, fired a non-duty weapon while talking with another deputy on the third floor.

"I was relieved no one was hurt was my first reaction," Hennessy said. "My second reaction was what were they thinking?"

Hennessy said she has organized training for both deputies on safety procedures. In addition, a safety bulletin about gun safety has been placed throughout the sheriff's departmen.  Both deputies are still on duty.

"Personal guns are allowed at times in our policy, but you're not supposed to carry them, not supposed to be bringing them in, and basically taking them out and showing them to people," Hennessy said.

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi said the shooting raises concerns.

"It's frightening something like this could happen," he said. "I think that this situation should be thoroughly investigated to make sure this doesn't happen again."

Report: Man Cleaning Gun Accidentally Shoots Himself

Greenville Tn (4-14-16) A man cleaning a handgun accidentally shot himself in the leg Wednesday night, sheriff's Deputy Robert Livingston said in a report.

Dwayne Bowden, of Oakland Park, told deputies he was cleaning a .45-caliber Republic Firearms handgun "and noticed there was a round in the chamber," the report said.

"He went to rack the firearm to unload when it discharged, striking him in the left thigh," the report said.

The bullet passed through Bowden's thigh. Entry and exit wounds in a "clear path" were evident, the report said.

Bowden was treated at a local hospital but did not receive serious injuries, the report said.

No one else was in the mobile home when the gun went off, the report said.

The injury is "consistent with an accidental gunshot," the report said.

Bowden told deputies there was no safety mechanism on the gun.

Stillwater police: 21-year-old man accidentally shot self, is recovering

STILLWATER , OK (4-15-16) Stillwater police have determined that a man still recovering at a hospital accidentally shot himself on Monday.

James Elbert Thomas, 21, was flown to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City after receiving a gunshot wound to the chest shortly after 7 p.m. Monday at a Stillwater apartment complex, according to a news release from Capt. Kyle Gibbs.

Investigators believe Thomas accidentally shot himself while handling a gun. He is still recovering in Oklahoma City, Gibbs said.

21-year-old flown to OKC hospital after Stillwater shooting

STILLWATER, OK (4-12-16) A 21-year-old man who recently moved to Oklahoma from Kansas was shot outside a Stillwater apartment complex Monday evening.

James Elbert Thomas was shot in the chest at the Stonegate at Stillwater apartment complex, 1815 N. Boomer Road, just after 7 p.m., police Capt. Kyle Gibbs said in a news release.

Thomas was taken by ambulance to a local hospital and was flown from there to the University of Oklahoma Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Gibbs said.

As of 9:10 p.m., his condition was stable, Gibbs said.

Officers recovered a handgun from the scene, and investigators were working to determine how and why the shooting occurred.

Thomas recently moved to Stillwater from Wichita, Gibbs said.

Police: Manchester man accidently shot himself in foot during argument

MANCHESTER, NH (4-15-16) A 19-year-old man sustained a single gunshot wound to his foot on Monday morning.

An officer responded to the scene on Belmont Street where it appeared that Todd Bernatchez, of Manchester, accidentally shot himself during a verbal argument with another individual.

Police said he will be charged with carrying a firearm without a license and reckless conduct.

He was immediately transported to the Elliot Hospital and will most likely require surgery for his injury, which was non-life threatening.

Bernatchez will most likely be processed for the arrest once he is medically cleared from the Elliot, police said.

Police: Man shot himself in foot

MILFORD, NH (4-14-16) An Am­herst man who had been in the Brox property sand pits for target practice with a friend on Saturday afternoon accidentally shot himself in the foot, police said.

Alvin Taveras Perez, 24, was using a revolver, and Jonathon Baez, 21, of Nashua, was using a shot­gun, both weapons owned by Baez, police said.

According to the police report, Baez said Perez had asked to use the shot­gun, and that he advised him about safety mea­sures. He said Perez load­ed the shotgun, but didn't put the safety on, and that he must have accidentally pulled the trigger, firing a round of birdshot into his right foot.

Police said that be­cause of the injury and a language barrier, Perez wasn't able to describe what happened.

An all-terrain vehicle was needed to transport the victim to the ambu­lance parked on the Perry Road side of the town-owned property, and he was taken to a Nashua hospital, police said.

Update: Man shot during domestic dispute in Oak Hill

JACKSON COUNTY, OH (4-14-16) The Jackson County Sheriff's Office has identified a man who was shot during an alleged domestic dispute in earlier this week.

The shooting was reported just before 8 a.m. Monday on Harmon Road.

The Sheriff's Office confirms the shooting happened during a domestic incident, when a gun went off during a struggle between a man and woman.

Deputies say when they got on scene, the woman met them outside. She reportedly told them they were struggling over the gun when it went off accidentally and she wasn't sure where the gun was.

She told them Wendell French, Jr., 50, woke up that morning and began yelling. She says he went outside and vandalized a vehicle, then came back inside and hit her. She says he also allegedly hit her son in the face, then went back to the bedroom and fell asleep.

The woman said while he was sleeping, she took her youngest son to a relative's home and when she returned to get her other son ready for school, they woke French up and another argument happened.

Deputies say she reportedly told him to leave and he hit her. She said when she was trying to get her son out of the house, she grabbed the rifle to keep French was getting it. She alleges he had threatened to shoot her previously, according to deputies.

The woman told deputies they began fighting over the gun and it discharged accidentally.

When the deputy and an Oak Hill Police officer were entering the home, they say they heard a man yell from the bedroom that he was bleeding severely. They say French had been shot in the upper part of his leg.  Deputies were able to recover a rifle from the scene.  French was flown to a Huntington hospital. No word on his condition.

Charges have not been filed at this time. The case will be turned over to the Jackson County Prosecutor'sOffice to determine if charges will be filed.

ORIGINAL STORY:   (4/11/16)  A man was flown to a Huntington hospital after being shot during a reported domestic violence dispute Monday morning in Oak Hill, Ohio.

Jackson County, Ohio Sheriff Tedd Frazier says the incident happened just before 8 a.m. at a residence on Harmon Road.

Sheriff Frazier says the victim was shot by the person who made the call to 911 about the dispute. There is no word on the man’s condition, and authorities have not released his name.  The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation.

There is no word if any charges are pending.

Man shoots self in leg during deer attack: South Euclid Police Blotter

Euclid, Oh  (4-13-16)  Weapons offense, Brookline Road: A man reported April 3 he shot himself in the thigh while he was trying to a shoot a deer that was attacking his dog. He said one of several deer charged at him too after he got his gun and came to the dog's defense. He was taken to the hospital for treatment. Officers believe the gun malfunctioned when fired or was not being held securely.

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