Saturday, April 9, 2016

Kentucky Teen accidentally shot in head by man mishandling gun; 2 more shot cleaning guns, including man's dog

Georgia man cleaning gun shoots himself, dog

Clyo, Ga (4-9-16) A Georgia man accidentally shot himself and his dog while he was cleaning his gun and talking on the phone.

Todd A. Crouse, 44, of Clyo, was at his home in Clyo, Ga., on March 22 when the accident occurred, according to reporting from the Savannah Morning News.

Crouse said he “unknowingly reloaded the gun” while he was he was reassembling it, according to the Effingham County Sheriff’s Department. Then he told officers that he pulled the slide back, but he still had his finger on the trigger, accidentally firing the gun, the report says.

Crouse told officers he was putting the weapon down when it fired. The bullet struck his upper thigh, traveled through his left leg, and then hit his dog, according to the report.

Crouse was treated at the hospital while his wife, who was sleeping at the time, took the dog to the veterinarian to be treated.

The Savannah Morning News reports that Ryan Williams, the Effingham County Sheriff’s deputy on the case, said he smelled “a faint odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from Todd’s person while speaking with him” and no charges were filed.

Clyo is located roughly 25 miles northwest of Hardeeville.

Manhattan man accidentally shoots self while cleaning gun

MANHATTAN, NY (4-8-16) A 24-year-old man shot himself in the leg while cleaning his gun in Manhattan on Thursday night.

Riley County police officers arrived to the 600 block Highland Ridge Drive last night around 7:20. Officers say the handgun fired as Mickey Clarke was attempting to clean it. He suffered a non-life-threatening injury to his leg.

The incident was the third accidental shooting in Riley County this week. A 29-year-old man shot himself over the weekend and, in a separate incident, a father shot his 33-year-old son. Their injuries also were not life-threatening.

Franklin teen shot in the head

Franklin, Ky (4-8-16) A Franklin teen was shot in the back of the head Friday afternoon in the 2400 block of Russellville Road.

Bowling Green police were called to 2472 Russellville Road at 1:53 p.m. Friday, where they found Justin C. Vaughn, 19, of Franklin, shot in the back of the head inside a dark-colored GMC Yukon parked in a gravel lot next to a flooring store. A man inside the flooring store said he didn't know anything about the shooting until he saw an ambulance pull up outside of the business.

Vaughn was taken from the scene by ambulance and flown by medical helicopter to TriStar Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, BGPD spokesman Officer Ronnie Ward said. Police have not released Vaughn's condition. His condition was not available from the hospital.

Police processed the Yukon at the scene, bagged a small handgun as evidence and then towed the Yukon to a secured city lot for further processing.

Ronnie Alan Guess, 37, of Bowling Green, is charged with first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence in the shooting, Ward said. A third man who was inside the Yukon has not been named and is not charged with any crime, Ward said. Vaughn was in the front passenger seat and Guess was the driver. Ward did not know immediately after the incident if the vehicle was in motion at the time of the shooting or if it was parked.

Guess is accused of mishandling the gun, causing it to discharge once and asking another person hide the weapon prior to police arrival, Ward said.

Accidental shooting reported

Albert Lea, MN (4-8-16) A male reportedly accidentally shot himself in the head with a BB gun at 9:41 p.m. Thursday at 904 Fountain St.

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