Errant gunshot spares one Ogden co-worker, injures the other

Sunday , August 10, 2014 - 12:06 AM

OGDEN — Two co-workers met with vastly different strokes of luck Saturday.

Ogden Police have ruled an afternoon shooting outside a pet food processing plant was an accident. They also reported Saturday that the 37-year-old owner of the gun, who set it off, was spared significant injury by a pocket knife in his pants that deflected the fired bullet.

The 31-year-old comrade to whom the man was showing his firearm was not so fortunate. Fragments of the bullet reportedly ricocheted off the pocket knife and into the younger man's hip, piercing his skin and requiring a trip to the hospital.

His injuries — while luckless — were not life threatening, Ogden Lt. Steve Zaccardi told the Standard-Examiner. The victim likely won't require surgery, Zaccardi added.

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Both men reportedly work for the American Nutrition plant at 2813 Wall Avenue, but were meeting in the parking lot there outside of work hours at about 4:30 p.m. The victim was interested in purchasing a gun, although it's unclear whether he intended to purchase that firearm specifically, Zaccardi said.

The owner was showing his friend how to take the gun apart, according to Zaccardi, and one of the dis-assembly steps required pulling the trigger.

"He didn't know there was still a round in the chamber," Zaccardi said.

Dispatch later reported the man had called saying he accidentally shot his friend. Police were interviewing witnesses and examining the scene of the incident early Saturday evening to verify whether the shooting was in fact accidental.



Contact reporter Ben Lockhart at 801-625-4221 or blockhart@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @SE_Lockhart. Like his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/blockhartSE.

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