Central Texas police report that a soldier has been charged with the apparent accidental shooting death of another who had the hiccups.

Killeen police say the Fort Hood soldiers allegedly were drinking alcohol and watching football when the incident happened Sunday night.

Bell County Jail records show Spc. Patrick Edward Myers of Spartanburg, S.C., was being held Tuesday on a manslaughter charge with bond set at $1 million. Online jail records did not list an attorney for Myers.

An arrest affidavit says Myers apparently pointed a gun at the victim’s head to scare him and stop the hiccups. Myers allegedly thought the gun had dummy rounds when it discharged.

A Fort Hood spokesman Tuesday declined to release the name of the 22-year-old victim, pending notification of next of kin.


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A jewellery store in Atlanta, D. Geller and Son, is giving customers a voucher for a free hunting rifle when they spend more than $2,499 on a diamond.

Owner Mike Geller said he got the idea, after seeing a similar offer at a Missouri car dealership.

“It’s unbelievable!” Geller said of the reaction to the promotion. “A lot of our customers are hunters, and it just seemed like a great thing to do,” he added.

Geller said “You don’t just come in here, buy a diamond and grab a gun.”

Instead, those who qualify will receive a voucher for Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna.

“That way you have to qualify, you have to follow all the rules and regulations in the state of Georgia to own a gun.”

Geller doubts he’ll run out of diamonds, but said he expects the promotion to bring in a lot of people.

“It’s interesting. It’s appealing to the men, I think” said one Cobb County woman who didn’t think it was a bad idea.

But another woman who worried about safety said “I think it’s stupid.”

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A teenager is recovering after police say he shot himself in the penis and testicle while cleaning a gun he just bought.

It happened on Thursday morning at a home in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Police say 18-year-old Michael Smeriglio first lied to police saying someone shot him while he was walking down the street.

After being questioned by police he admitted to accidentally doing it himself.

Doctors say the bullet went through his penis, his left testicle and then lodged itself in his thigh. Smeriglio told police he bought the gun last month at a party.

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A preschool in Nebraska is taking zero-tolerance a bit too far. They are asking a three-year-old deaf boy to change his name because it violates the school board’s weapons policy.

Hunter Spanjer signs his first name by making what looks like shooting gestures with both hands. He crosses his fingers when he does it – a modification to show it’s his proper name.

But the Grand Island Public Schools board says its “Weapons in Schools” policy bans “any instrument … that looks like a weapon.” The school wants him to change the sign, a request Hunter’s family says is both unfair and silly.

“Anybody that I have talked to thinks this is absolutely ridiculous. This is not threatening in any way,” Hunter’s grandmother Janet Logue told local news station 1011.

“It’s a symbol. It’s an actual sign, a registered sign,” said Hunter’s father, Brian Spanjer.
The school board wants to work out a compromise.

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“We are working with the parents to come to the best solution we can for the child,” said school board spokesman Jack Sheard.

But the Spanjers say they aren’t interested. They’re bringing in lawyers from the National Association of the Deaf to fight for their son’s right to sign his own name.

Meanwhile, local residents told the station the school is overreacting and that Hunter poses no danger.

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A Goulais River, Ontario, man accidentally shot himself in the forehead trying to kill a mouse.

He was using the butt of a rifle to club the rodent when the weapon went off Wednesday at a camp on Anjigami Lake, about 40 kilometres southeast of Wawa, provincial police said.

A bullet grazed his forehead, said Const. Amanda Huff.

The man didn’t know the weapon was loaded.

“He was very lucky,” said Huff.

The man was treated in hospital and released.

Dale Whitmell, 40, was charged with careless use of a firearm and will appear in court Sept. 17.

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A 17-year-old Florida boy has died after losing the game of Russian Roulette he was playing with several of his friends.

According to Bay 9 News, Thorin Montgomery was with some friends on the back porch of his home playing Russian Roulette with a .38-caliber handgun. Thorin was the first to go.

The gun discharged, the bullet striking Thorin in the head. He died later after being airlifted by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in very critical condition.

The other teens playing the game with Thorin – ages 19, 18 and 16 – have not been identified.

“I’m shocked to find out they’re stupid enough to play that game,” said one neighbor.

“Kids nowadays, with them playing with guns the way they do, there’s no reason for that.”

An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the exact cause of Thorin’s death.

Police have not revealed how the teenagers got their hands on the gun, or who owned it.

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