Man accidentally shoots self in hand while trying to fix gun

A Rolling Prairie man accidentally shot himself in the hand while trying to fix his wife’s handgun, LaPorte County Police said.

Steven Swain, 61, was trying to fix the slide on his wife Laura’s .380 caliber handgun at their home on CR-850E on April 8, 2018. Laura had been cleaning the gun when she had trouble with the slide and asked Steven to help with it. Both thought the gun was empty.

As Steven Swain tried to slide to lock back on, his right hand slipped and hit the trigger and the gun went off. A bullet entered his left thumb and exited his left pinky finger, police said. He was taken to South Bend Memorial Hospital. He was expected to recover.

No charges were filed.

4 Responses to “Man accidentally shoots self in hand while trying to fix gun”

  1. Brenda

    Apr 15. 2018

    Why can’t anybody express being sorry for what happened to this family? I’m sure they certainly didn’t deserve such a terrible thing. I wish them well and a speedy recovery.

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    • Laura's Gun

      Apr 15. 2018

      It’s an unfortunate incident, no doubt, but perhaps a necessary one to remind every gun owner that possessing one requires the utmost responsibility. I’m sure the Swains considered themselves responsible gun owners prior to this situation, but they’ve been proven wrong. Thinking the gun was empty vs checking it was totally clear and then rechecking that it was totally clear (both parties guilty for not checking) would have produced no “accidental” shooting of the hand.

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  2. Jeff Barnard

    Apr 15. 2018

    I can see this happening even with a careful gun owner with experience. Sorry it happened, speedy recovery!

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  3. gobnaitx

    Apr 16. 2018

    I took a required gun safety class when I was in junior high, over thirty-five years ago. Since then, I’ve handled guns exactly twice in my life. Even I know what “Laura’s Gun” states is correct about checking and verifying the gun is clear before fiddling with it. Being a responsible and experienced gun owner doesn’t mean you can ever let your guard down on handling them. The owner and his wife are both lucky this was merely an unfortunate accident and not a tragedy.

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