- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

MIMS, Fla. (AP) - Police say a man who was checking to see if a bullet was still in the chamber of a pistol has died after he put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger, accidentally shooting himself.

Authorities say 49-year-old Charles Cooper shot himself at 1:50 a.m. Sunday during a weekend fishing trip and a cookout in Mims.

Police say Cooper had been drinking beer. At one point during the gathering, he retrieved a handgun.

Cooper’s friends told investigators that after he removed the magazine from the gun, he asked if there was still a round in the chamber.

Cooper then raised the gun to his head and pulled the trigger, discharging a round.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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