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Cop botches suicide attempt sparked by wedding woes

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by jsalcedo, Sep 19, 2004.

  1. jsalcedo

    jsalcedo Well-Known Member


    HIROSHIMA -- A police sergeant who attempted suicide by shooting himself in the head with his service revolver because of problems with a marriage failed to take his own life after he missed his target despite firing from point-blank range, according to police.

    The 30-year-old sergeant, whose name has not been disclosed, was not injured by the shot, which blasted through a window in the Hiroshima Prefectural Police force headquarters.

    Another officer in the same room when the incident occurred also escaped unscathed.

    Internal affairs officers are questioning the sergeant with a view to laying charges for breaking the Firearms and Swords Control Law. The sergeant admits to firing the unauthorized shot.

    "I was worried about a problem with my marriage. I wanted to commit suicide and pulling the trigger was just a reflex action," the sergeant said.

    Police said the sergeant's shot burst through an office window and slammed into a wall of the adjacent wing. (Mainichi Shimbun, Sept. 19, 2004)
  2. SodiumBenzoate

    SodiumBenzoate Well-Known Member

    He tried to shoot himself in the head and missed?!
  3. deej

    deej Well-Known Member

    I guess Japan's high suicide rate and low firearm death rate collided to save this guy's life.
  4. stv

    stv Well-Known Member

    That's a really bad flinch. Needs more dry fire practice.
  5. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    what STV says. :D Still, I suppose it's not a joking matter.:uhoh: Goes to show that if people really wanted to do themselves in, whether they had a gun or not, they can kill themselves.
  6. geekWithA.45

    geekWithA.45 Moderator Emeritus

    It's actually pretty common.

    Extra bullet holes in the room with a self killed body, scorches, or near miss furrows are what the coroner calls "hesitation marks".

    Of course, seeing as he tried it IN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, it seems more like a call for help.
  7. Preacherman

    Preacherman Well-Known Member

    Needs more time at the range... :evil:
  8. Gunpacker

    Gunpacker Well-Known Member

    That's why the Japenese usually use swords. Hard to miss.
  9. Mulliga

    Mulliga Well-Known Member

    I feel bad for the officer, but it does sort of make sense...

    It's Japan, and they don't have a gun culture (well, they do, it's just that they can't own firearms without turning their lives upside-down). How many times do you think this cop fired his service weapon? I'm guessing it was a DA revolver with a long trigger pull - easy to pull the gun off to one side with such a heavy trigger.
  10. Dionysusigma

    Dionysusigma Well-Known Member

    But when your target is attached to the rest of you, how the heck can you not hit it? Not even injured... :uhoh:

    Read my sig line. Where was yours? ;)
  11. aut2no

    aut2no Well-Known Member

    Having worked in psychiatric settings, it was my experience that many suicide "attempts" are actually calculated not to succeed. The attempt can be a means to demand attention to one's situation. Sadly, many MIScalculate and die.

    I will admit my experience with partial attempts has been mostly with drug overdose, hangings, cut wrists and not firearms.
  12. crewchief

    crewchief Well-Known Member

    I will agree with Mulliga on the hard trigger pull and the fact that he only weighs 70lbs that 6lb trigger can feel like a ton.:evil:
  13. Tory

    Tory member

    Basis for assertion?

    "...the fact that he only weighs 70lbs ..."

    Where was that highly unlikely fact stated?

    For that matter, how is it a police officer does not know how to cock his service arm? Trigger weight and length of pull problem solved.

    Of course, that presumes he was really trying, which I doubt. :scrutiny:
  14. stevelyn

    stevelyn Well-Known Member

    The story don't give any details about the "wedding woes", but my guess is he dodged two bullets. The first one when the wedding/marriage failed to keep him prisoner for life and the second when the bullet made a detour around his head.
  15. Feanaro

    Feanaro Well-Known Member

    I would like to direct you to a dictionary and words beginning with S. "Sarcasm" is what you'll be looking for. :neener:

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