Navy SEAL who accidentally shot himself dies

Sun Jan 8, 2012 12:33am EST

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(Reuters) - A Navy SEAL who shot himself while showing his firearm collection to a woman he met at a bar died on Saturday in San Diego, officials said.

Petty Officer Third Class Gene Clayton, 22, of Poland, Ohio, was taken off life support at Scripps Memorial Hospital early on Saturday, a spokeswoman for the hospital said.

"Apparently he was out for the evening and he had gone home with a young lady and was handling a firearm and accidentally shot himself in the head," said Allen Sluss, a watch commander for the San Diego Police Department.

"It was deemed accidental, it wasn't an intentional act."

Police said the woman told Clayton to put the guns away and Clayton, as if to demonstrate they were safe, put a pistol to his head and pulled the trigger. Police said Clayton may have thought the gun was unloaded.

Paramedics carried Clayton early on Thursday to the hospital where he was placed on life support.

Clayton had recently completed SEAL training. He is survived by his parents and three sisters, police said.

(Reporting by Eric Johnson in Chicago; Editing by Ian Simpson)

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HAL.9000 wrote:
“Police said the woman told Clayton to put the guns away and Clayton, as if to demonstrate they were safe, put a pistol to his head and pulled the trigger. Police said Clayton may have thought the gun was unloaded.”
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He must have been drunk. No one can possibly be that stupid.

Jan 08, 2012 2:33am EST  --  Report as abuse
JamVee wrote:
Something not right with this story . . . Can’t imagine a Seal doing that!

Jan 08, 2012 8:54am EST  --  Report as abuse
Ashau wrote:
It doesn’t matter if he was a SEAL, Special Forces, police officer, or whatever. People are that stupid like that all the time. In 30 years of military service and 8 years of police work, I’ve seen highly trained men and women accidentally dischardg a weapon countless times and several with the same results as happened here.

This guy may or may not have been drunk; I don’t know but no matter how much training one has with firearms, there are three rules that must never be disobayed when handling a firearm.

First; If one has been drinking…..DON’T handle it at all.

Second; Any firearm must always be treated as if it’s loaded…ALWAYS.

Third; NEVER, EVER point one at anything one doesn’t intend to shoot.

Jan 08, 2012 10:59am EST  --  Report as abuse
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