A 36-year-old Independence Township man is dead after he shot
himself in the head while demonstrating the gun, deputies reported.
The Oakland County Medical Examiner has ruled his death a suicide.
The man’s girlfriend was performing CPR on the victim when
deputies from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the
residence on Pinedale — off of Sashabaw Road south of Maybee Road - at 9
p.m. on Sunday.
The girlfriend, who also lived at the Independence Township
residence, told deputies the victim had been drinking most of the day.
She told authorities that he had begun showing her how to use his
three handguns and demonstrating how safe they were when they were
empty, which he did by placing the gun to his head and pulling the
trigger, officials said.
After doing this twice, he demonstrated the third handgun and the gun fired, striking him in the head.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Undersheriff Michael McCabe said: “(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.”
Three children, ages 7, 10 and 12, were present at the time of
the shooting, but they did not witness it, police said. The children are
not the biological children of the victim.
The victim’s name is being withheld, pending notification of his family.
The medical examiner said they do not know the victim’s blood-alcohol level at this time.
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