Woman accidentally shoots herself in face

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published September 13, 2019


MADISON HEIGHTS — A local woman survived a self-inflicted gunshot to the face after she reportedly fired a handgun by mistake.

Police in Madison Heights received the emergency call at 10:20 p.m. Sept. 4. Officers were called to Ascension St. John Hospital, located at 27351 Dequindre Road in Madison Heights, where a 20-year-old Madison Heights woman was being treated for a gunshot wound.

Police said the woman had been conscious enough upon arrival at the hospital to tell them that she had been shot at a home in the 26000 block of Wolverine Street in Madison Heights.

At the residence, witnesses informed police that the woman had been attempting to disassemble the gun, not knowing it was loaded. The gun then reportedly discharged by accident, and she was struck in the head.

At press time, the woman was in stable condition, still being treated at the hospital.

Madison Heights Police Lt. Michael Siladke said the investigation is still ongoing.

“Preliminarily, it still appears to be an incident of improper handling of a handgun, but there are additional interviews scheduled … that may help answer some more questions,” Siladke said.

The lieutenant said the incident underscores the importance of proper gun handling.

“People make mistakes by not following basic safety rules when it comes to firearms, including always keeping the gun pointed in a safe direction, always keeping your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot, and always keeping the gun unloaded until ready to use, and ensuring it is unloaded when handling,” Siladke said.

“A gun should also be kept locked up and kept unloaded,” he continued. “The ammunition should also be secured and separate from the firearm. A gun safe, lockbox and trigger locks are options to help secure firearms and ammunition. Educating children about guns and gun safety should also occur to avoid the curiosity factor.”