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Cumberland deputy wounded when gun accidentally fires

Posted October 31, 2012

— A Cumberland County Sheriff's Office deputy was wounded Wednesday morning when his service weapon accidentally fired as he was leaving home to drive to work, authorities said.

Maj. John R. McRainey, the chief jailer at the Cumberland County Detention Center, underwent surgery at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and was in stable condition.

McRainey was putting a bag in his vehicle when his .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun, which was inside the bag, discharged, authorities said. Investigators said the gun apparently bumped against another item in the bag, which McRainey often used to transport the gun.

"Although it is always a tragedy anytime that anyone suffers a gunshot wound, we are just thankful that it was no worse than it was," Sheriff Earl "Moose" Butler said in a statement.

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  • fayncmike Nov 2, 11:31 a.m.

    "Who cares what sort of six shooter it was?" - piene2

    I doubt it was a six shooter. But the type of firearm matters
    Lightfoot3

    I agree with piene2. Who cares what sort gun it was? The story isn't about a gun. The story is about some fool that shot himself with his own gun.

  • Lightfoot3 Nov 2, 10:47 a.m.

    "No thanks, I will take my chances unarmed." - davido


    Read the obituaries for those that did the same.

  • Lightfoot3 Nov 2, 10:45 a.m.

    "Who cares what sort of six shooter it was?" - piene2


    I doubt it was a six shooter. But the type of firearm matters because it could signify a design issue with a particular firearm, or perhaps it could be used in future safety training classes. In order to learn from mistakes, they need all the facts.


    "Let us all remember that every illegal six gun started out as a legal six gun." - piene2


    I doubt the firearm itself is illegal. The issue is with the criminal.

  • piene2 Nov 2, 8:49 a.m.

    "No, guns are ALWAYS dangerous. All it takes is for some yahoo to steal yours (or someone else's) and blam blam, game over. Or (fill in the blank) accidental or purposeful discharge.

    No thanks, I will take my chances unarmed.
    davido"

    Exactly right! Let us all remember that every illegal six gun started out as a legal six gun. When the bad guys want a six shooter they all know that all they have to do is find some six gun packing Yahoo and take his.

  • piene2 Nov 2, 8:46 a.m.

    Who cares what sort of six shooter it was? The story is that some fool cop threw a loaded gun in a bag and shot himself. Instead of worrying about if it was a glockenspiel or some other type of six shooter we should be worrying about how long it is going to get the cop on unemployment.

  • theblazer Nov 1, 5:08 p.m.

    100 bucks said most here posting arent farmiliar with firearms on any level and Obviously there are fools working in "law enforcement", they are everywhere. factory trigger pulls would never fire even when bumped hard and he failed to keep the firearm pointed away from himself, I know 5 year olds who have learned not to do that.
    And Im sure there are alot of individuals who were victims or knew victims who said "I will take my chances unarmed". Ask them now, what do you really think they would choose? The ones that are still alive that is...

  • davido Nov 1, 4:26 p.m.

    "Guns are not dangerous if handled properly."

    No, guns are ALWAYS dangerous. All it takes is for some yahoo to steal yours (or someone else's) and blam blam, game over. Or (fill in the blank) accidental or purposeful discharge.

    No thanks, I will take my chances unarmed.

  • junkmail5 Nov 1, 4:12 p.m.

    Yeah, even on a glock you can't "accidentally" fire it without pulling the trigger... anyone who claims they did is covering up their own poor handling of the gun- you don't touch the trigger until you're ready to fire the weapon. Follow that rule and the gun won't "go off" even if it's a glock- because a glock has a trigger safety.

  • Singlemalt Nov 1, 3:51 p.m.

    "Coach K is still GREAT"

    In removal of the gun from his holster, did he keep his finger outside the trigger guard? I will remain 100% on this stance, a Glock WILL NOT FIRE without the trigger being pulled, period.

  • fishon Nov 1, 3:49 p.m.

    My father was removing his glock fromd his side and as he pulled it out of the holster, the gun went off,
    Coach K is still GREAT

    Guns do not just go off. He had to have depressed the trigger safety somehow.

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