Cat Shoots Owner

Cat Shoots Owner (AP)

A man cooking in his kitchen was shot after one of his cats knocked his 9mm handgun onto the floor, discharging the weapon, Michigan State Police said. Joseph Stanton, 29, of Bates Township in Iron County, was shot in his lower torso around 6 p.m. Tuesday, the state police post in Iron River reported. He was transported to Iron County Community Hospital.

Michelle Sand, a spokeswoman at the Iron River hospital, said Stanton was treated there before being transferred to Marquette General Hospital for further treatment. But Marcie Miller, a representative of the Marquette facility, said there was no record of the hospital receiving a patient by that name. A telephone message seeking comment was left Wednesday at Stanton’s home.

State police said he was cooking at his stove when the cat knocked the loaded gun off the kitchen counter behind him.

Serves the idiot right for leaving a loaded 9mm without the safety engaged laying on the counter. It’s just lucky the cat wasn’t hurt.

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Comments

  1. Jack Tanner says:

    ‘It’s just lucky the cat wasn’t hurt.’

    Wasn’t hurt 9 times!

  2. John Anderson says:

    “But Marcie Miller, a representative of the Marquette facility, said there was no record of the hospital receiving a patient by that name”

    Forget where I saw this (Medpundit?), but new rules on privacy include asking the patient about the level of privacy desired. The two possible responses sound the same to me, but one of them requires the hospital to deny the patient’s presence – even to immediate family.