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#1 Hum

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 15:21

NEW HAVEN, Conn. –  Police in Connecticut say an 81-year-old man who was lying in wait with a rifle for a pesky raccoon accidentally shot himself after sneezing and falling from a chair.

New Haven police say James Pace Sr. shot himself in the shin at his home Saturday night. The injury wasn't life-threatening.

Pace told authorities that a raccoon had been scratching at his back door for several days and he was waiting for it with a .22-caliber rifle. Police say he sneezed and fell from his chair, then realized he had accidentally shot himself.

Pace's son drove him to Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Police detectives seized the rifle and are investigating the incident.

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 15:23

It's like running with scissors....



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 15:27

A 22 isn't big.... hilarious but sad though!



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 15:30

Violated a few safety rules, always keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot, never point the gun at something you aren't willing to destroy. 



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 15:34

Lol a Sneeze. Sometimes Ive been out driving, felt a huge sneeze coming up right as I approach a sharp bend thinking "This is the type of story that would end on Neowin if I killed myself"



#6 ILikeTobacco

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 15:38

Lol a Sneeze. Sometimes Ive been out driving, felt a huge sneeze coming up right as I approach a sharp bend thinking "This is the type of story that would end on Neowin if I killed myself"

Hit my thumb before with a surprise sneeze when using a hammer.



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 15:49

Maybe the raccoon was armed ...



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 15:57

I'm so proud right now.



#9 Growled

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 18:09

A real man wouldn't even go to the doctor from a .22 wound. :p