Pamlico County Sheriff: Man Survives Accidental Shooting

The Pamlico County Sheriff's Office says a man in Vandemere accidentally shot himself while handling a gun Tuesday night. The man's injuries were not considered life-threatening, according to Sheriff Bill Sawyer Jr.

Sheriff Sawyer says the accidental shooting happened on Highway 307 between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The man never called law enforcement, according to the sheriff, but he told the people at the urgent care clinic that he was injured in a drive-by shooting. "The truth came out though," said Sheriff Sawyer, which was the man had shot himself on accident.

The man's name has not been released. He will not be charged with filing a false police report, Sheriff Sawyer said, because he did not tell law enforcement about the fictitious drive-by shooting.


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  • by taxman Location: kinston on Feb 8, 2012 at 07:34 PM
    Duh ! Maybe he didn't know the gun was loaded ? Maybe he dozed off during the gun training session he was supposed to tke before getting the license ?
  • by Rusty on Feb 8, 2012 at 02:13 PM
    This sounds "odd." Couldn't they tell if it was self-inflicted or angled as if from a moving vehicle? Something sounds funny?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 8, 2012 at 01:56 PM
    Any idiot would be able to see thru the holes in that story!
  • by Strykers7 Location: New bern on Feb 8, 2012 at 12:30 PM
    Why they continue to call these "accidental shootings" when some idiot fails to follow proper gun control. The headline should read "Self Inflicted gunshot"!!!!
  • by champ Location: maryland on Feb 8, 2012 at 09:54 AM
    Looks like this report is a big joke not him. Lol
  • by MJ Location: Greenville on Feb 8, 2012 at 09:24 AM
    No law against stupidity or we would need so, so many more jails.
  • by yukon on Feb 8, 2012 at 08:32 AM
    better him than someone else
  • by YaYa Location: ENC on Feb 8, 2012 at 08:30 AM
    I'm sorry but that is so sad that a grown man would tell such a stupid lie. I guess some people will do anything for attention.
  • by ralphie Location: ahoskie on Feb 8, 2012 at 08:21 AM
    I have to admit, I would be seriously embarrassed to plug myself. Kids: ten basic rules of gun safety. Nobody is hurt unless one of the rules is passed over...
  • by Native Location: Grantsboro on Feb 8, 2012 at 05:57 AM
    Leave the poor guy alone. It's bad enough to make a dumb mistake like this but it's worse to have your name published all over.
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      by Warning shot on Feb 8, 2012 at 07:12 AM in reply to Native
      This was God telling him he was too stupid to own a weapon.
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        by Anonymous on Feb 8, 2012 at 08:58 AM in reply to Warning shot
        Don't you mean Darwin?
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        by citizen on Feb 8, 2012 at 09:19 AM in reply to Warning shot
        i suppose you and god discussed it...stupidest post ever on witn...congradulations
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          by Anonymous on Feb 8, 2012 at 01:45 PM in reply to citizen
          no its not, you are
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          by REM on Feb 8, 2012 at 02:09 PM in reply to citizen
          ... Says the person who used "stupidest" and "congraDulations" in a sentence.
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        by me on Feb 12, 2012 at 06:03 AM in reply to Warning shot
        true
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      by just me on Feb 8, 2012 at 07:39 AM in reply to Native
      I agree, I don't think they need to release his name, he made a mistake that only hurt himself...No harm done.
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        by Anonymous on Feb 8, 2012 at 12:43 PM in reply to just me
        That would be correct except that he made a false police report, costing the tax-payers money.
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          by REM on Feb 8, 2012 at 02:13 PM in reply to
          He made no such report, try actually reading the news story. He told the urgent care workers a lie (which in this case, isn't illegal). The urgent care worker probably filed the police report (which they are instructed to do), not him. So *HE didn't file the report. He can (and should), however, be charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm and wreck endangerment.
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          by tug on Feb 8, 2012 at 07:16 PM in reply to
          why would it be unlawful discharge? thats usually on in cities. Vandemere is a very small town and I doubt that it is on the books as I have been deer hunting in the town limits. Even so, quite a bit of 307 is not even in the town limits.
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          by REM on Feb 8, 2012 at 09:03 PM in reply to
          tug: I can't find the official source right now, but state law says something to the effect of "prohibited from shooting in, to, or from a occupied dwelling, vehicle, etc". I am assuming that he was in a vehicle at the time, so that would definitely be unlawful discharge and reckless endangerment. I'm sure there is also a county and local ordinance that mirrors the same thing.
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