DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (WCCO) — A man who was apparently trying to reach for his cell phone accidentally shot himself in the leg Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Becker County Sheriff’s Office, 71-year-old Thomas Murphy, of Sebeka, Minn., was with a friend in the Carsonville Township when his phone rang.

Police said they believe Murphy’s jacket may have gotten hooked on his .22-caliber handgun while he was reaching for the phone.

The gun discharged, and he was struck in his left leg.

Authorities said he was driven to St. Joseph’s Hospital and then transported to Essential-St. Mary’s Hospital in Detroit Lakes.

The sheriff’s office said they are continuing to investigate the incident.

Comments (13)
  1. Jackie Du Charme says:

    If he was reaching into his pocket, best he know what in his pocket. Now how stupid can one get??

  2. Rick Valentine says:

    This isn’t true because it only happens in the comics. lol.

  3. jackactionhero says:

    My partner Donald once pricked his finger with a sewing needle while sewing an antique doll dress..

  4. Ace says:

    What did he need a gun for anyway?

    1. Why??? says:

      what does anyone need a gun for?
      Ok- same reasons

      1. John says:

        You also sound like the typical brain washed left wing wacko.

    2. John says:

      You sound like the typical brain washed left wing wacko.

  5. Come on --- says:

    cut him some slack huh
    71 – hell, some people don’t even know what a gun is at that age. They think a p-p is a shooter

  6. anti bachmann says:

    it.s amazing how many idiots are in this world

  7. Duh says:

    He should be thankful that the gun discharged while he was reaching for the phone not while he was talking on it. Maybe he shouldn’t hold his phone and his gun in the same hand.

  8. Deep Thinker says:

    Somewhere Barney Fife is smiling & thankful that his genes were passed on.

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