Man Shoots Self In Chin While Taking Off Pants

A Tennessee man accidentally shot himself in the chin Sunday night while taking off a pair of pants, the Johnson City Press reported.

Carter County Sheriff’s Deputy David Caldwell told the newspaper he was dispatched to the Elizabethton, Tenn. home of William Rood, where he arrived to find the man bleeding from the mouth and nose. Rood was then transported to a local hospital.

Rood said a .25 caliber Baretta pistol in the right front pocket of his pants discharged when he placed the pants on a dresser after taking them off, according to Caldwell.


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