July 25th, 2014

Man fatally shoots himself in the head while giving gun safety demonstration to girlfriend

Top StoriesBy Shuki Byrne
Lesson: The man was giving a safety demonstration with three guns
Lesson: The man was giving a safety demonstration with three guns

A Michigan man has fatally shot himself in the head while giving a gun safety lesson to his girlfriend, it is being reported.

According to police, the man was demonstrating the safety of three guns he thought to be unloaded.

He placed each one to his head and pulled the trigger as his horrified partner looked on. 

Unfortunately the third and final gun was loaded. The gun discharged and the man was fatally killed. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

"(The situation) is pretty unique, as I have never heard of anyone testing out the safety of a gun by pointing at their head and pulling the trigger," Undersheriff Michael McCabe told the Oakland Press.

Authorities have said there were three young children in the house at the time but none were witness to the ghastly accident. 

His distraught girlfriend later told police the unnamed man had been drinking all day and was inebriated. 

A similar thing happened last year in Florida. When 18-year-old Alexander Xavier Shaw put what he though was a unloaded gun to his head he was demonstrating the apparent safety of the weapon. He was also killed instantly. 

Estimated gun deaths in the America vary, but research suggests up to 30,000 people are killed every year in the United States in gun-related deaths.