Confused Elderly Woman Fires Gun in The Air

Old Lady with Gun : img: parkerhudson.com
Confused Elderly Woman Fires Gun in The Air : img: parkerhudson.com
Bob Irwin
Bob Irwin

Las Vegas, NV –-(Ammoland.com)- A coastal city in California had a sad incident recently.

At about 2 a.m. on a quiet Sunday, fire personnel responded to a personal medical alarm activation.

The Tribune News:

“An elderly San Luis Obispo resident mistook firefighters responding to a medical alarm as home intruders and fired two shots from her revolver.

No one was hurt in the incident and no one was arrested, but police submitted a report to prosecutors, who will decide whether to charge the woman with negligent discharge of a firearm

This Fire Department has prearranged agreements with citizens that approve emergency crews’ entrance to their homes should the residents’ medical alarm activate.

Firefighters entered the home, announced their presence and found two elderly residents asleep inside. They spoke with the couple and determined the activation was a false alarm. As they left the home, firefighters heard a single gunshot from inside the house. Seconds later the female resident exited the house and fired a single shot in the air.

Police Officers then responded to find a daughter of the couple had already arrived and secured the gun.

Investigators determined the resident was disoriented when she awoke to the welfare check and believing burglars were inside her home, she grabbed her gun, accidentally firing a round while she loaded it. She then ran outside and fired another round into the air.

There was no indication the woman tried to shoot at the fire personnel and no one was hurt in the incident. The elderly woman was not arrested, but police submitted a report to prosecutors. They could decide to charge the woman with negligent discharge of a firearm.

Comment:

Hopefully the DA will not find a “crime” here, as no one was actually injured. Prosecutorial discretion would be a great choice. Are there those in your home who should not have access to your firearm?

Irresponsible adults due to dementia, alcohol or drugs, even prescription drugs sometimes join young children in this category.

Bob Irwin, The Gun Store, Las Vegas

About Bob Irwin

The writer is the owner of The Gun Store in Las Vegas and has a gun talk radio show “Fired Up with Bob Irwin” Firedup is now on KSHP 1400 am radio from 5 to 6 pm on Tuesdays and at the same time also on YouTube “Fired Up with Bob Irwin“.

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terdog

Lt45, your comments are really what the sad part is.
WE are responsible for how our country turns out, just as we bear that same responsibility for how our children turn out. But, too many “don’t wanna sweat the small stuff” , a.k.a are lazy and don’t want to spend their energy on the legislature.
We deserve what we get.

Lt45

Prosecutorial discretion?? Remember that this happened in the peoples republiK of California formerly of the USA(communistic)lost coast I wish her luck what a waste of great land to be run by the enemy’s of America!

rokflyer

DMD, I appreciate your technical concerns. But with your comments, I rest my case. These issues have no bearing, what so ever, on the situation. The dear lady was awakened, strangers were in her home. Her natural, first instinct, was survival. The safety of home. My point, once again. If someone is not responsible, living in a nursing home, is one issue. Someone in a private residence is entirely different. By law they have the right to defend. Let me please make a final point. The industry I retired from was not rocket science. But, very technical, tedious, dangerous, and… Read more »

Eric_CA

I’m wondering, didn’t the fire personnel have their emergency lights on?Did they roll with red lights? Kind of hard not to notice a fire truck lights at night. If they didn’t have their lights on, then that’s a problem.

DMD

Would sure like to know the exact weapon involved–revolver; SA or DA; 1911; or even a Glock ?? Accidental discharge while loading it? This type of exact info would certainly help to determine exactly what happened here!! DMD

2nd Amender

Also, there is no mention of sobriety or lack of, whether the elders took any sleep-aids, or other prescription medications at bed time.
Getting old is not for the young, only the young at heart!

rokflyer

I really appreciate the views of CarlC, and 5war, I truly do. You are right in your opinions. My conundrum, for us, is keeping our rights in this absurd society we live in. I don’t think cops, should enter a home in dead of night on a routine warrant. That, could wait till morning. I’m not sure EMS should, but we realize people could die. There in lies the rub. I live in a free carry, (open), state. We shoot, hunt, and fish, and enjoy it all. But if the police come in, wrong address, bad warrant, EMS at wrong… Read more »

Mitch

Just sayin’… Very smart people and every-day normal people do some interesting things when they first wake up. There used to be a theory that a person is not responsible for their actions for 3 minutes after suddenly being awakened. Other than that, I do feel sorry for the woman in this incident. She will probably be prosecuted and her life will never be the same…it happened in CALIFORNIA !

rokflyer

It is a fact of life, and responsible gun ownership. We owe it to our loved ones, and to our fellow gun owners. My father, a wwll vet, bird dog man, and southern gentleman, had a saying. He stated the 2cd amendment, was the most important right Americans had. Without it, all others were moot. He was also a Minister of the Gospel, for 40 years, Until his death. I still have his Remington Rand, he carried and used from Normandy to the Rhineland. He firmly believed, stupid people, shouldn’t have guns. Later, his view was that emotionally sick, or… Read more »

5WarVeteran

“Confused”? Perhaps seeing as she had no clue people were in the house. Perhaps if these “alarm” companies had an internal house alarm/flashing indicator light that also tells the user you tripped your alarm. Then the owner would not be as “confused”?
At the same time she made the elective choice to “shoot in the air” and that was a good thing.

Saddletramp

The only “good thing” about her firing into the air was that some unsuspecting soul did not have the misfortune of stopping the projectile

DTC

The article states “Firefighters entered the home, announced their presence and found two elderly residents asleep inside. They spoke with the couple and determined the activation was a false alarm. As they left the home, firefighters heard a single gunshot from inside the house. Seconds later the female resident exited the house and fired a single shot in the air.” So she may have still been disoriented, but she did have a clue that people were in her house if the firefighters spoke with her. I do agree with you though, if a medical device trips an alarm to a… Read more »

terdog

“I am confused as to where our country is going and how much time we have left under the Constitution”

Wanna explain this?

carlcasino

I can explain it to you but I cannot comprehend it for you ! I’m 78 years and have watched the gradual, incremental loss of liberties that the Constitution only fortified as Human Rights (Read the Declaration of Independence) Granted by our Creator. If you are not old enough to have witnessed the decline of society since Madelyn Murray O’Hara victory in the Supreme Courts attempt to redefine the 1st Amendment I cannot help you. The Second Amendment is the most litigated Amendment in the Bill of Rights so I attempt to understand what part of ‘SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED’… Read more »

5WarVeteran

I would think the answer is obvious.

Jack

I am confused as to where our country is going and how much time we have left under the Constitution. Hell, sounds like I too need to do some air killing!

smitch

Sounds to me the same recommendation Joe Biden had!

Bob

Actually I’m advocating the family should consider the possible problem. Biden wants the government to decide who is “safe’ with a gun. Bob