A 56 year old Modesto man shot himself last week in the freakiest of accidents (or maybe a genius Rube Goldberg suicide machine).
Police report that the man was working out with a dumbbell last Wednesday night when he dropped the weight. The weight fell to the floor and onto a .22-caliber cartridge. This type of bullet is different than most and the impact was enough to actually ignite the powder and fire the bullet. The bullet shot into the man’s shoulder.
Police were suspicious of the story, but admit what he claims is not impossible. No gun was found, but the did find the casing. No charges were filed and the man’s injury was minor.
- Modesto Weightlifter Shot; Says Dropped Dumbbell Caused Bullet To Fire (sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com)
- Man tells cops he shot himself by dropping a dumbbell on a bullet. Believable? (offthebench.nbcsports.com)
- Man drops dumbbell on bullet, shoots self (upi.com)