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Jumping dog caused gun to fall and discharge, injuring girlfriend, Hernando deputies say

RIDGE MANOR — A man cleaning a handgun shot his girlfriend in the knee Thursday afternoon, officials said.

Thomas Self, 20, was in the bedroom of a home at 7209 Periwinkle Court in Sherman Hills when a dog jumped on him, causing the Lorcin .380 pistol to fall to floor and discharge, said Lt. Cinda Moore, spokeswoman for the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

The bullet struck 21-year-old Amy Watson in the knee and traveled through her leg, Moore said. She was about 12 feet away at the time. The emergency call came in at 2:12 p.m, and Watson was taken to Brooksville Regional Hospital with injuries that are not expected to be life-threatening, Moore said.

The shooting is being considered accidental but the investigation is continuing, Moore said.

Jumping dog caused gun to fall and discharge, injuring girlfriend, Hernando deputies say 07/08/10 [Last modified: Thursday, July 8, 2010 9:42pm]
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