Man accidentally fires gun while watching instructional video; Tooele couple treated at hospital

Posted at 6:03 PM, May 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-16 20:03:42-04

TOOELE COUNTY, Utah – A man and his wife were treated for injuries described as not being life-threatening after a gun discharged while the man was watching an instructional video on gun use.

Officer Tanya Turnbow, Tooele Police Department, tells FOX 13 News the man and wife were at home Saturday morning and the man was watching an instructional video on how to manipulate his .40-caliber handgun.

While he was manipulating the firearm, the gun discharged. The bullet struck the man and his wife in their legs, and both were taken to a hospital. Turnbow said the injuries were not life-threatening.

The shooting occurred around 11 a.m. at the couple’s home, which is in the area of 300 South Fairlane Drive.

Turnbow said they urge people to use caution when manipulating firearms and that people should always treat guns as if they are loaded. She said there are no charges or citations in connection with the accidental shooting.