St. Clair Shores
Man accidentally shoots wife
By Julie Snyder
Posted September 15, 2010
ST. CLAIR SHORES — A local man in his 70s accidentally shot his wife during what police say was a lesson in gun handling.
St. Clair Shores Police Detective Sgt. Dave Centala said the shooting took place at around 10:30 p.m. July 2.
Officers and emergency personnel were dispatched to a home in the 34000 block of Jefferson in response to a 911 from the man.
The man’s wife, described as in her 60s, had been shot in the leg. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment and is on the mend.
“It was a non-life-threatening injury,” Centala said. “And after interviewing both the husband and the wife, it appears it was absolutely accidental.”
The man told police that he fears for both his and his wife’s safety in light of an increase in crime in the area, and wanted his wife to become more familiar with a firearm.
“He was unloading the gun, getting ready to show her how it works, and one round fired,” Centala said. The couple was in their bedroom at the time of the shooting.
The detective said the man does have a license for the gun. Upon questioning family members, police learned the man had kept guns in his home for many years for protection.
“From what his family said, he has been around guns his entire life and knows how to operate them,” Centala said. “It appears to be an isolated incident.”
The case will be handed over to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office for determination as to whether charges will be filed against the man.
Centala could not elaborate on what crimes the man was referring to in the north end of Jefferson that would trigger his heightened fear, though the man did say he observed some “suspicious-looking people” in the area earlier that day.
Centala also said police have had no problems with the couple in the past.
About the author
Staff Writer Julie Snyder covers Harrison Township, Mount Clemens, Macomb County, L’Anse Creuse Public Schools, and Mount Clemens Community Schools for the Journal. She has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2003, and attended the University of Toledo with degrees in journalism and photography. Julie has received several awards for her work in Arizona and Washington, including AP awards in Arizona for breaking news reporting and feature writing.
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