Grants Pass man shot by his own gun while starting a campfire on the Oregon coast
Sgt. Pat Downing says deputies headed to a Coos Bay, Oregon, hospital last Friday night after a 27-year-old Grants Pass man called to say he had shot himself in the leg.
The man said he and two friends had built a fire out on a beach, burning brush they brought with them. The 27-year-old said he set his .38-caliber pistol on the tailgate of his truck. At some point as brush was being thrown on the fire, the gun ended up there too. It soon discharged three rounds.
One hit the Grants Pass man in the lower right thigh, and another grazed a second man's abdomen.
The deputies' assessment: the investigation showed the story to be true. Case closed.