September 30, 2014

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Oberlin man accidentally shoots himself

OBERLIN — A man cleaning his gun Saturday accidentally shot a round and hit himself in the face, police said.

About 2 p.m. Saturday, police responded to the guard shack of the Oberlin Federal Aviation Administration at 326 E. Lorain St. According to a police report, Donald Anderson was cleaning his Smith & Wesson handgun but didn’t clear the final round from the chamber. When he pulled the trigger and fired the gun, the bullet hit a metal cabinet, fragmented and struck him in the face.

Anderson received a minor injury.

 


  • golfingirl

    Cleaning his gun on the job?

    Shouldn’t it already be clean and ready to use when protecting the facility? A little difficult to use a firearm when it is disassembled.

    I assume he WAS the guard.

    • Connor

      It was a routine inspection of the weapon* sometimes the papers can be deceiving

      • golfingirl

        Got it. Thanks for the clarification.

      • Michael

        so he inspects it by pulling the trigger?

        This guy does not need to be carrying a weapon.

        • Dave

          Here is what happened:
          The job requires routine inspections of the
          weapon (this involves dissembling the gun in a specific order of steps).
          When the mag release was pressed, the magazine did not drop far enough.
          When the round in the chamber was ejected, another was cycled. At this
          point, the weapon is similar to a Glock in which the trigger must be in
          the “fire” position to break the gun down. When he went to do this the
          weapon fired. This man knows what he is doing and how to be safe with
          guns. This was without a doubt an accident.

  • jz

    Man was he lucky.

  • Michael

    “accidentally”? Maybe “unintentionally”, but this was no accident. Negligently? Ignorantly?…
    And if he is a guard on the job, how can he use his weapon when he is cleaning it?? Shouldn’t that be done BEFORE it is needed?

    • Joe Smith

      Not that it makes things any better, but he could have been cleaning it before his shift started and was not on the clock.

      • Dave

        Here is what happened:
        The job requires routine inspections of the
        weapon(the paper says cleaning but this was not the case) (this involves dissembling the gun in a specific order of steps).
        When the mag release was pressed, the magazine did not drop far enough.
        When the round in the chamber was ejected, another was cycled. At this
        point, the weapon is similar to a Glock in which the trigger must be in
        the “fire” position to break the gun down. When he went to do this the
        weapon fired. This man knows what he is doing and how to be safe with
        guns. This was without a doubt an accident.

        • golfingirl

          I does happen. I remember a guy tab the range did not same thing, and he was very experienced.

          I always take a long “zip strip” and push it through the barrel, from the chamber side until it comes out the front of the barrel. That way, you know the barrel is empty and nothing can load since the strip is blocking the loading ramp.

        • Joe Smith

          That is no accident, that is negligence for not completely removing the mag from the gun but I get your point.

  • Joe Smith

    Well if you are going to accidentally shoot someone, it should be yourself. Hope he is ok.

    Always remove the magazine first and then pull back the slide and visually check for an empty chamber.

    • Dave

      Here is what happened:
      The job requires routine inspections of the weapon (this involves dissembling the gun in a specific order of steps). When the mag release was pressed, the magazine did not drop far enough. When the round in the chamber was ejected, another was cycled. At this point, the weapon is similar to a Glock in which the trigger must be in the “fire” position to break the gun down. When he went to do this the weapon fired.

      • John Davidson

        OK Dave we understand what happened, now please take the bullets away from Barney.

      • Joe Smith

        When you press the mag release, you should completely remove the mag from the gun and place it away from the weapon, that is just sloppy gun handling right there but thanks for the info Dave.

    • golfingirl

      Always push a chamber indicator through my barrels to be absolutely sure.

  • Sis Delish

    That scurrying sound you hear is the Gun Control Crowd in Oberlin calling an emergency meeting to create legislation which would ban cleaning of guns in guard shacks.