- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 20, 2014

COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) - If there’s a lesson to be learned from the account that Coos County sheriff’s officers heard recently, it might be this: if you bring your gun to a fire you’ve built on the beach, be very sure you know where it is.

Sgt. Pat Downing says deputies headed to a Coos Bay, Oregon, hospital last Friday night after a 27-year-old Grants Pass man called to say he had shot himself in the leg.

The man said he and two friends had built a fire out on a beach, burning brush they brought with them. The 27-year-old said he set his .38-caliber pistol on the tailgate of his truck. At some point as brush was being thrown on the fire, the gun ended up there too. It soon discharged three rounds.

One hit the Grants Pass man in the lower right thigh, and another grazed a second man’s abdomen.

The deputies’ assessment: investigation showed the story to be true. Case closed.

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