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Monday, September 21, 2009

Man Fatally Shoots Self While Teaching Girlfriend Lesson on Gun Safety

Posted By on Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 3:01 PM

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Then again, it did occur in Jefferson County, Missouri.

Today Jeff-Co Sheriff Oliver "Glenn" Boyer reports that 40-year-old James Looney accidentally shot himself to death last Friday, September 18, while teaching his girlfriend a lesson on firearm safety. 

The incident occurred in a residence in Imperial -- about 20 miles south of St. Louis. According to witnesses, Looney's teaching method involved him placing the gun to his head and asking his girlfriend if the gun would go off. 

Looney apparently did this with two other firearms and varied safety mechanisms, before the last one actually fired into his head. He was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead the next morning. 

And the kicker? Witnesses say Looney was going to take his girlfriend to the shooting range the next day, but insisted on firearm safety the day prior.

Continue on to see the full press release, courtesy of the Jefferson County Sheriff.
 


PRESS RELEASE 
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office 
P.O. Box 100 - Hillsboro, MO 63050 
Oliver "Glenn" Boyer, Sheriff 
www.jcsd.org 

Sheriff Oliver "Glenn" Boyer reports that on 9-18-09, Sheriff's Deputies responded to 4307 Rock Valley Court in Imperial, Missouri for an accidental shooting. 

According to the investigation, the victim James Looney, W/M, age 40, an Imperial resident, was teaching his girlfriend firearm safety. 

According to the witness, James Looney would show the different safety mechanisms, put the gun to his head, and ask if the gun would go off. Looney apparently did this with two other weapons and varied safety mechanisms, before the last one went off. 

Looney was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead the next morning. According to witnesses, Looney was going to take his girlfriend to the shooting range the next day, but insisted on firearm safety the day prior.

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