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Cumberland sheriff's major dies year after accidental shooting

Posted October 15, 2013

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— One year after he was nearly killed in an accidental shooting, a major with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office died in his sleep overnight Tuesday, Sheriff Moose Butler said.

Maj. John McRainey, 60, was on leave after being injured when his service revolver accidentally discharged on Oct. 31, 2012.

He was hospitalized for more than four months for serious injuries to his intestines and kidneys. 

It wasn't clear whether those injuries were related to his death. 

His funeral will likely be Friday, the sheriff's office said.

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  • pappy1 Oct 24, 2013

    RIP, and may your family be comforted, sir.

  • CharmedLife Oct 16, 2013

    So now the public has to deal with all of you CCP holders carrying these things everywhere when they're known to have dangerous design flaws? Wonderfu......

    Yup, I guess you sure do!! And just as you've stated, it is my constitutional right to keep & bear arms. I fully intend on exercising my full constitutional right to do just that.

  • unblankenbelievable Oct 16, 2013

    So now the public has to deal with all of you CCP holders carrying these things everywhere when they're known to have dangerous design flaws? Wonderful

    May I suggest you stay home and lock the doors. That way you will not be bothered by anyones constitutional rights to keep and bear arms.

  • welfarequeen Oct 16, 2013

    Seems coincidental to me.

  • Sherlock Oct 16, 2013

    A lost to the department.

  • ossiferbob Oct 16, 2013

    "a holster that didn't cover the trigger/trigger guard."
    Actually, if you leave your finger on the trigger as you forcibly holster the weapon, and the holster is designed to cover the trigger guard, the holster will contact the trigger finger. Gun goes down, finger stops, trigger gets pulled by finger! Again, Proper training and proper technique, with sufficient repetitions.

  • Obamacare is here Oct 16, 2013

    So now the public has to deal with all of you CCP holders carrying these things everywhere when they're known to have dangerous design flaws? Wonderful.

  • disgusted2010 Oct 16, 2013

    Design flaw? No law enforcement agency in this country issues a duty weapon with design flaws. The weapon does not "go off", somebody pulls the trigger, and gets hurt when it is also pointed at himself. Two basic rule violations! Training? Sad to say, most officers get less training than they should, and reluctantly "re-qualify" rather than getting real training. The two people most likely to have negligent discharge are one who is totally untrained, and one who relaxes too much because he thinks he knows it all! ossiferbob

    Google "Glock Leg Syndrome"

  • Hear_me_now Oct 16, 2013

    This more than likely happened due to a holster that didn't cover the trigger/trigger guard. Something may have snagged on the exposed trigger or the finger was placed on the trigger while the weapon was being removed from the holster.

    There is no such thing as an accidental discharge, there are however, negligent discharges.

  • Dirty_Water Oct 16, 2013

    While a Glock may be misconstrued as a service "revolver", who can explain the folks on TV with a Biden approved double barrel shotgun that needs, according to the sound effect team, to be racked before it's ready to fire.

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