Off-Duty Cop Accidentally Shoots Roommate In Head While Showing Off New Gun

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January 9, 2015 2:39 p.m.

An off-duty police officer in Brandon, Mississippi accidentally shot his roommate in the head Wednesday night when he was showing the roommate a new revolver, according Mississippi’s Clarion-Ledger.

The off-duty police officer, a 28-year-old whose name was not being released by the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department, had bought the revolver earlier in the day.

“He had just purchased a new revolver that day and was showing it to his roommate, but it accidentally discharged, striking the roommate in the head,” Rankin County Chief Investigator Raymond Duke said, according to the Mississippi newspaper.

Duke said the off-duty officer was not an officer in Rankin County.

The roommate was taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He was both alert and conscious and is in stable condition at the hospital, according to the sheriff’s department.

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