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Man reportedly shoots own foot

Published: 10:06 AM, 01/17/2014 Last updated: 10:08 AM, 01/17/2014

Source: The Rogersville Review

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ROGERSVILLE - The Hawkins County Sheriff's Office responded to another shooting incident Sunday, with this one also apparently accidental and self-inflicted.
    HCSO Cpl. Brian Boggs reported he responded to the Hawkins County Emergency Room Sunday evening in reference to “an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
    “Upon arrival, I spoke with  Barry Foster. He stated that he was working on a .22-caliber rifle that he didn’t think was operative,” Boggs’ report states, adding that the weapon was a Marlin model 60 .22-caliber semi-automatic.
    “He stated that he was attempting to open the bolt on the rifle and he stated that the rifle accidentally went off, hitting him in the foot,” the report adds.
    Foster, 32, then reportedly drove himself from his Webb Road residence to the hospital for treatment of the wound.
    “Everything at the time of report indicated that the gunshot wound was accidentally self-inflicted,” Boggs noted.
    A Hawkins County woman who mistakenly thought a gun was empty ended up shooting herself in the abdomen, according to a January 4 HCSO report.
    Deputy Reba Matthews wrote she “found a white female, identified as Vernie Regina Lucus, laying on the bedroom floor with what appeared to be a wound to the abdominal area from a gun.”
    In an interview with the woman, Matthews noted the 41-year-old said she was at the residence by herself and was cleaning a gun, identified as a .22-caliber revolver.           
    “Her thumb slipped off the hammer and the gun went off and shot her in the stomach,” Matthews wrote.  

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