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Trending: Michigan Man Shoots Himself in the Head While Trying to Demonstrate Gun Safety

The victim reportedly held three handguns to his head and pulled the trigger, explaining that firearms are safe when they’re not loaded. A fatal bullet was discharged from the third gun.

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By Beth Dalbey

A Michigan man is dead after a gun safety lesson went tragically wrong Sunday.

A 36-year-old man from Independence Township reportedly shot himself in the head while trying to show his girlfriend how safe guns are, the Detroit Free Press reports.

He reportedly had been drinking all day.

When authorities from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office arrived about 9 p.m., the man’s girlfriend was performing CPR. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

She said her boyfriend held two handguns to his head and pulled the trigger while explaining they’re safe when they’re unloaded. When he repeated the demonstration with a third firearm, a bullet discharged.

Undersheriff Michael McCabe told the Oakland Press that the situation was “pretty unique.”

“I have never heard of anyone testing out the safety of a gun by pointing at their head and pulling the trigger,” he said.

Three children, ages 7, 10 and 12, who were at the residence were not hurt and did not witness the shooting.

The investigation is continuing.

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Frank Esposito March 05, 2014 at 06:30 AM
Mr. Zoot are you saying that I show an extreme and irrational fear or distrust of others? That is the definition of paranoid. As a former LEO, I believe people here ragging on the guy as an idiot - and rapping up the case in their own mind - and excepting this on face value of the facts here - and such comments - should be tempered until all the facts of the investigation are in. A homicide has taken place, whether by his own hand and/or that of another, or other possibilities. I called the Susan Smith case as fishy as soon as I heard the story. My wife was incensed by my comment. We all know how that story turned out.
knee jerk March 12, 2014 at 01:47 AM
Frank: With your keen powers of deduction do you feel OJ did it?
steve forte March 12, 2014 at 12:59 PM
Of course OJ did it. Even the jury when questioned said they thought he did it but the prosecuter didn't prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he did.
knee jerk March 12, 2014 at 05:43 PM
"If the glove don't fit, you must be playing for the Mets".

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