Navy SEAL Shoots Self, Thinking Gun Was Unloaded

By: KKTV
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An attempt to show a friend how safe his gun was has left a Navy SEAL on life support, according to San Diego police.

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An attempt to show a friend how safe his gun was has left a Navy SEAL on life support, according to San Diego police.

The sailor placed the gun to his head and pulled the trigger, mistakenly believing the gun was unloaded.

Police say the serviceman and his female friend had been drinking prior to the accident. He reportedly started showing off his 9 mm handgun, trying to get his friend to hold it. When she declined, he put it to his head and pulled the trigger to show how harmless handling the gun was.

The gun went off.

The serviceman, who recently graduated from the Navy's Sea, Air and Land Teams, is on life support at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, Calif.


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  • by Dave Lambert Location: Elk Grove on Jan 8, 2012 at 03:26 AM
    Navy Seals do stupid things when drinking alcohol just like the rest of us.This cost him his life.Very sad.
  • by Garcia knocked out Location: Colorado Springs on Jan 7, 2012 at 08:28 AM
    Didn't your Mom and Dad ever teach you not to play with guns?
  • by Mr X Location: se spgs on Jan 6, 2012 at 11:48 PM
    Idiot! and Stupid!
  • by karen Location: co springs on Jan 6, 2012 at 07:08 PM
    anyone have a name for this person? I have a friend in the Navy that lives in San Diego that we havent heard from
  • by Joe Location: Colorado Springs on Jan 6, 2012 at 05:43 PM
    So, did he convince her that guns are safe?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 6, 2012 at 05:41 PM
    How sure are they that HE pulled the trigger? There are too many questions left unanswered.
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      by Anonymous2 on Jan 6, 2012 at 06:02 PM in reply to Anonymous
      Uh, a little thing called forensics maybe?
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        by Anonymous on Jan 6, 2012 at 06:10 PM in reply to Anonymous2
        Uh, so you're saying you believe everything you read?
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      by Dave Lambert on Jan 8, 2012 at 03:31 AM in reply to Anonymous
      He is no different than any other person who drinks alcohol and handles a gun.Just like driving, it can be deadly.
  • by dumas on Jan 6, 2012 at 05:18 PM
    Guess the girl will have vegetables for diner now. What a bright guy, all that training wasted just so he could get drunk and try to impress his girl. Proof that your job doesn't always take common sense to perform. If it was an Army Soldier, the headlines would have been something along the line of "Another dumb Carson Soldier shoots himself". Did this only make the news because he was a Navy SEAL or because it happened?
  • by Hank on Jan 6, 2012 at 05:09 PM
    More proof humans do NOT mature at 21 years of age. Good thing he wasn't on the 'Get Bin Laden' team...
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      by Anonymous on Jan 6, 2012 at 11:00 PM in reply to Hank
      More proof of the reason the military grabs them while they are young
  • by duh on Jan 6, 2012 at 03:04 PM
    Darwin proved correct again.
  • by Ed Location: Massachusetts on Jan 6, 2012 at 02:55 PM
    You show a person a weapon is safe by dropping the magazine and racking the slide, not by putting it to your head and pulling the trigger. You'd think a US Navy SEAL, who lives and breathes weapons every day, would know that. 22 years old, having completed the most intense training regimen on the planet. with his whole life in front of him, and What a life it could have been. What a terrible waste.
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