An Oakland County man is dead after a gun safety lesson went tragically wrong Sunday.
A 36-year-old man from Independence Township reportedly shot himself in the head during a gun safety demonstration at a home in the 4400 block of Pinedale, near Sashabaw and Maybee Roads, the Detroit Free Press reports.
He reportedly had been drinking all the day.
When authorities from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office arrived about 9 p.m., the man’s girlfriend was performing CPR. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
She said her boyfriend held two handguns to his head and pulled the trigger while explaining they’re safe when they’re unloaded. When he repeated the demonstration with a third firearm, a bullet discharged.
Undersheriff Michael McCabe told the Oakland Press that the situation was “pretty unique.”
“I have never heard of anyone testing out the safety of a gun by pointing at their head and pulling the trigger,” he said.
Three children, ages 7, 10 and 12, who were at the residence were not hurt and did not witness the shooting.
The investigation is continuing.