Monroe Man, 39, Accidentally Shoots Man in Head

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FRENCHTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- Authorities in southeastern Michigan say a 39-year-old man accidentally shot a 30-year-old man to death.

The Monroe County sheriff's department says the accident happened about 5:45 p.m. Saturday at a home in Frenchtown Township, near Monroe.

The department says in a statement that deputies answered a call and found 30-year-old Michael B. Rawlins in the kitchen with a gunshot wound in the head.

It says a 39-year-old Monroe "was handling a firearm near the victim when the gun accidentally discharged."

The release says that Rawlins died of his injuries at South Shore Hospital.

The department says its investigation is continuing.


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  • by Heywood Location: Location on Mar 25, 2013 at 05:57 AM
    Andrew, keep your uneducated opinions to yourself, please.
  • by James Location: Lansing on Mar 25, 2013 at 05:33 AM
    Andrew, it's not a matter of firearms going off for no reason. Accidental discharge is the event of a firearm discharging (firing) at a time not intended by the user. Perhaps most commonly, accidental discharges occur when the trigger of the firearm is deliberately pulled for a purpose other than shooting—dry-fire practice, demonstration, or function testing—but ammunition is mistakenly left in the chamber. Accidental discharges is when the gun-handler places his finger on the trigger before he has decided to shoot. With the finger so positioned, many activities may cause the finger to compress the trigger unintentionally. For example, if one attempts to holster the firearm with finger on trigger, the holster edge will drive the finger onto the trigger, and discharge is likely.
  • by Andrew Location: Lansing on Mar 25, 2013 at 12:16 AM
    Accidental discharge? How about negligent handling of the firearm. Firearms do not just go off for no reason.
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