TELLICO PLAINS, Tenn. — Police in Tennessee say a man accidentally shot himself and his wife while showing off his gun in church.
Tellico Plains Police Chief Russ Parks told The Knoxville News Sentinel that members of the First United Methodist Church were talking about guns in churches.
Parks said the man, identified as Wayne Reid, pulled out .380-caliber Ruger handgun, removed the magazine, cleared the chamber, and showed the gun. Reid then reloaded the weapon and returned the gun to his pocket. When another member approached him and asked to have a look at it, the trigger was pulled. Reid was shot in the palm, and the bullet also hit his wife- Kathy Reid- in the abdomen.
The couple, in their 80s, were flown to a hospital with injuries that didn’t appear to be life-threatening.
Police also noted that due to a miscommunication between the church member who called 911 and the dispatcher, initial reports indicated two people had been shot outside the church, and that an active shooter situation may be in place. Schools were subsequently placed on a temporary lockdown until authorities cleared the scene and determined the shooting was accidental.