Bluefield man held in accidental shooting


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lucky_fool
November 22, 2005, 05:28 PM
How many stupid things have to occur at the same time for this to happen?

Bluefield man held in accidental shooting

A Bluefield man is in jail and a female friend is in the hospital after the two took part in a test of the man's reflexes. According to the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office, the test involved a handgun.

Detective Paul Little said the incident happened Wednesday, when Sidney Russell Hale, 31, wondered how fast he could react if someone broke into his trailer. He persuaded a friend, Whitney Dean, 19, of Tazewell, to play the role of a prowler. Hale persuaded another friend, Megan Honaker, 19, of Bluefield, W.Va., to time him as he prepared to defend himself.

Little said the plan was to conduct a "quick draw" test in which Dean would knock on Hale's front door and Hale would see how fast he could pull a handgun he had bought within the past three weeks.

When Dean knocked on the door, Hale pulled the handgun, which discharged, Little said. The bullet passed through the trailer wall and struck Dean in the back. Dean underwent surgery at Wellmont Bristol Regional Medical Center, where she was listed in fair condition.

Hale, charged with firing a weapon in an occupied dwelling, was being held without bond.
http://www.timesdispatch.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=RTD/MGArticle/RTD_BasicArticle&c=MGArticle&cid=1128768298005

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Preacherman
November 22, 2005, 06:30 PM
Words fail me... :fire: :cuss: :banghead:

(At least, words that I can use on The High Road, that is... :mad: )

enfield
November 22, 2005, 07:00 PM
And, once again, it wasn't an 'accident' -- it was negligence. Sh*t doesn't happen, it's caused.

Standing Wolf
November 22, 2005, 08:00 PM
When Dean knocked on the door, Hale pulled the handgun, which discharged, Little said.

Yeah. Right. It discharged all by itself.

Sindawe
November 22, 2005, 08:09 PM
It is people like Mr. Hale that give trailer homes a bad name. :neener:

Yep, negligence.

Bob F.
November 22, 2005, 10:20 PM
Yep, Einstein was right!

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