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9/7/2012 9:45:00 PM
Police Briefly
Man accidentally shoots himself in leg while putting gun away

A Prescott Valley man was flown to a Phoenix hospital early Thursday after he accidentally shot himself in the leg.

At 2:10 a.m., an officer responded to an accidental shooting call in the 5700 block of E. Market Street.

"A 64-year-old man said he was sleeping with his handgun under his pillow," Prescott Valley Police Officer Paul Dunn said. "When he woke up and tried to put the gun away, the gun accidentally discharged into his knee."

The man was flown to John C. Lincoln North Mountain Medical Center in Phoenix where he was listed in fair condition. He has since been released, Dunn said.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Article comment by: Big Bore BMG

I knew you’d come around here sooner or later, Center Mass.
Seriously, Center Mass, you need to seek some help. Deflecting (as you are doing) is an indication of deeper, more serious problems.

*Deflection is ignoring or turning away either an internal or external emotional trigger in order to prevent full recognition or awareness of associated material...e.g., painful memories.
Characterized in Gestalt Psychology either by blocking the trigger itself or by turning oneself away and going off on a tangent.
Other examples of deflection include:
Changing the subject repeatedly when a particular issue is raised
Appearing not to hear or see something
Misunderstanding or redefining what has been said or done

*Excerpts from:

And Center Mass, I am sorry that the above description uses the word “trigger”. I know that the word “trigger” must terribly upset you.

Recommendation: Three sessions a week to start. I feel confident that we can get to the core of your problem rather quickly and we then will be able to start an effective combination of therapeutic counseling and a medication regimen that will help you better cope with your problems and the world that we live in.

Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Article comment by: Cloned Up Ruffian

The PV Officer quoted in this article may need some additional training in two areas:
1. Firearms knowledge: Specifically regarding the ability of a firearm to “accidentally” discharge – Because they don’t accidentally discharge, nor do they intentionally discharge. PEOPLE can accidentally or intentionally discharge a firearm. A firearm itself, without the aid of any exterior stimuli will not discharge.
2. How to effectively communicate to the press/public (See Above # 1)
Ex.: “When he woke up and tried to put the gun away, the 64-year-old man accidentally discharged a round from the handgun, which struck him in the knee”

Statements like the one that Officer Dunn made, may very well result in unintelligent people thinking that guns are the problem and not the people that use or handle them in a reckless/careless manner.

Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Article comment by: T Zone

Nothing good comes from placing blame on an inanimate object instead of on the inept individual that shot himself, EVER.

Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Article comment by: Center Mass

Nothing good comes from guns, EVER.

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012
Article comment by: T C

Of most concern, I do agree with you. A few years ago my adult son had an accident, i took him to YRMC-East as we thought his jaw was broken. They did xrays, said it was & they needed to transfer him to phoenix as he will have to have surgery to wire & "bolt" his jaw as they said. They ordered an ambulance for the ride. I asked if I could take him myself they said no due to the injury he needed the IV & the professionals in case something happened to him on the way down. So we rode down in an ambulance & spent 11 hours at Banner in a room just waiting for the dr to finally come in & tell us it was just a hairline fracture & we were able to leave. We fought the cost of the ambulance & the charge for sitting in the room all day but of course we lost.

Posted: Sunday, September 09, 2012
Article comment by: RU KIDDING ME

I guess it's a good way to thin the herd out............... of Stupid people with no sense.

Posted: Saturday, September 08, 2012
Article comment by: @ Of Most Concern

First of all, the paramedic on scene makes the call for a helicopter ride. second of all YRMC does not have an on call orthopedic surgeon. Third of all, maybe the bullet hit his femoral artery and he was bleeding out and needed the level one trauma center. As a former employee of the ER at both YRMC campuses, I know for a fact that they deal with many gun shot wound cases, and if the medic called his medical direction doctor and they decided they couldnt handle it, then it flies. Everybody needs to have a working understanding of the EMS system before shooting your mouth off about flights to other hospitals. In addition, the fuel costs of a helicopter are pricey, add in the pay for the pilot, medic and nurse that save your @ss when you need them, there is also the medical equipment they need to carry. So, if you want to donate a few mill $ to YRMC so they can afford some 24/7 on_call surgeons to make it a level one hospital, please feel free.

Posted: Saturday, September 08, 2012
Article comment by: Hey Lena

Hey Lena...hook me up. Tell us more about your alternative doc. thanks

Posted: Saturday, September 08, 2012
Article comment by: OF MOST CONCERN

Of most concern to me in this article is the helicopter ride. I understand that our local YRMC hospitals cannot handle all specialties, but that they could not handle a gunshot wound to the leg is troublesome.

Who makes these triage decisions? If it's anybody other than the ER at YRMC, then I'd questions whether the decision-maker has some vested interest in booking helicopter trips.

Posted: Saturday, September 08, 2012
Article comment by: ROBERT DEPUTY JR

Guns and electric toasters can be equally safe or dangerous. Sleeping with a gun under your pillow, loaded, with a round in the chamber is pretty much like sleeping with your hand in a plugged-in toaster.

Posted: Saturday, September 08, 2012
Article comment by: Tongue-in-Cheek .

The World is changing. In my day we put a tooth under our pillow so the fairy would leave us two bits. In today's world one can never tell which one is a fairy vs. which one is a bad guy, so you better be prepared. They vote too.

Posted: Saturday, September 08, 2012
Article comment by: No reason to be alarmed

Odds are pretty good the story in the paper is about as accurate as the guys shooting. Not saying the paper or the police aren't doing a good job, but heck, so many details are missing that this serious story reads like a comedy.
By, tried to put the gun away, that kinda implies that the guy not only sleeps with his weapon, but just like Big Jake, he takes it into the shower.

Posted: Saturday, September 08, 2012
Article comment by: Roger Williams

Barney lives!

Posted: Saturday, September 08, 2012
Article comment by: George Stull

Perhaps a gun safety class is on order, or maybe he shouldn't own a firearm. I have been a responsible firearm owner for years and have NEVER accidentally misfired. If you don't know how to safely handle it, then you shouldn't own it.

Posted: Saturday, September 08, 2012
Article comment by: Lena Sanchez

This is too often the scenario with the elderly. What is not recognized or treated is that the thyroid goes wild as people age. This makes for paranoia and then things like this happen. Too bad conventional medicine doesn't even recognize that fact, or if they did they do not know how to correct it. I am 75 and at the age of 59 chose to see an alternative doctor who showed me how to test my thyoid function at home even though he said I had all the symptoms of a bad thyroid that most likely had been off kelter for years even though my blood tests always said that wasn't the case. When I started natural treatment I became much healthier, stopped hair from falling out, repaired my dry skin and hair and a better mental outlook on life as well as more energy. I have passed this on to many who have found relief as well. Sad this man did not have someone to show him.

Posted: Saturday, September 08, 2012
Article comment by: RU Kidding me

2am sleeps with gun under pillow then wants to put it away..Then gets shot in leg..............nuff said.

Posted: Saturday, September 08, 2012
Article comment by: Janet R

Hopefully his health insurance will pay for the $20,000 helicopter ride to Phoenix. What does this make? Like the 10th person to be transported to Phoenix by helicopter from Prescott in the past week? How do I buy stock in the medical helicopter company? They must be making a fortune flying people out of Prescott.

Posted: Saturday, September 08, 2012
Article comment by: k n

Sleeping with a gun under the p[illow?
Holy cow? He's lucky it was his knee and not his head!

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