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Sunday, November 15, 2009

[ND] Sheriff's Deputy Cossentine accidentally shoots, wounds wife when "pinky or part of his clothing hit the trigger."



ROSEAU CO. SHERIFF’S OFFICE: DEPUTY ACCIDENTALLY SHOT WIFE IN THIGH
The wife of a Roseau County deputy was expected to return home Wednesday evening after being treated in Grand Forks for an accidental gunshot wound, Chief Deputy Terry Bandemer said.
Grand Forks Herald
By: Archie Ingersoll
November 12 2009
[Excerpts] The wife of a Roseau County deputy was expected to return home Wednesday evening after being treated in Grand Forks for an accidental gunshot wound, Chief Deputy Terry Bandemer said. Bandemer said a bullet from a hunting rifle struck Michelle Cossentine, 27, on the top of her thigh as she sat in the passenger seat of a Chevrolet Suburban... Her 29-year-old husband, Deputy Nathan Cossentine, was checking to see if the gun was loaded when his pinky or part of his clothing hit the trigger... “He had it laying across his lap, and it discharged,” Bandemer said. “The bullet went across his wife’s lap, right across her thigh”... They had been deer hunting earlier, he said. Just after the shooting happened, Deputy Cossentine reported to the sheriff’s office that he was taking his wife to LifeCare Medical Center in Roseau, authorities said. She was later taken to Altru Hospital... The sheriff’s department is investigating the incident.... [Full article here]
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6 comments:

  1. This guy must have one hell of a pinky finger. All my rifles have a trigger pull of 5 to 11 pounds.

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  2. This theory sounds rather ominous. I shoot guns and it takes a little more than a pinky finger. I wonder if the investigation proved this to be true and also wonder what the wife thinks?

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  3. ROSEAU COUNTY WOMAN SHOT IN HUNTING ACCIDENT
    Roseau County Deputy accidentally shot his wife in the leg.
    By: David Schwab, WDAZ
    Published November 11 2009
    ...Roseau County Sheriff Terry Bandemer says it was an accident. "This was an accident," Bandemer said...http://www.wdaz.com/event/article/id/675/

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    FROM LMLIBERTY
    http://lmliberty.wordpress.com/2009/11/12/deputy-nathan-cossentine-accidently-shoots-wife/

    Response to "Deputy Nathan Cossentine 'accidently' shoots wife"
    1 Travis
    November 12, 2009 at 6:03 PM
    Gee wiz dad, what was the state law again? Oh yah. You must transport the guns UNLOADED. Somebody should be out of a job shortly.

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    FROM THE CARRYFORUM
    http://carryforum.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=14381&start=0

    DeanC
    How's that uncased transport law working out for ya?

    plblark
    uh ... regardless of cased or uncased, it still has to be unloaded so this step is a sad failure of rules 2, 3, and 4 ... I may have missed the part that made this an uncased issue ... he was unloading the gun while she sat in the car. since it struck her, it MUST have been loaded and it MUST have been pointed at her leg.

    dmr-22
    One can argue he missed them all. #1 Every gun is always loaded. He should not have been checking he should have been making it safe somewhere else.

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    FROM OFFICER.COM
    http://forums.officer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=133855

    Incognito007
    Terrible gun safety, but if he wanted her dead than shooting her in the leg is not the way of accomplishing that unless he was aiming at the femoral artery, but thats pushing it, lol . Besides he's a fellow officer, I'll give him the benefit of doubt.

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  4. AnonymousJune 08, 2011

    I've always wanted to point out that drug and alcohol screening in Roseau County is mandatory with an officer involved shooting. The Chief Deputy even stated that to the media. When he was asked if that had occured his response was that the responding Deputies didn't feel it was necessary. This was at 0100 hours after returning from deer camp. Do you think there was no alcohol involved?

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  5. That's good info.

    It's hard to say. If you go on a call and someone is clearly sober you don't order testing. But if officers go on a call to an officer's home that HAS been drinking it is possible that they would skip testing in order to not get the intoxicated deputy in trouble.

    This sounds like just something you were thinking(?).

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  6. Sheriff's Deputy Pleads Guilty in Accidental Shooting of Wife
    Nathan Cossentine was charged with Transportation of an uncased, loaded firearm and recklessly handling a firearm.
    March 03, 2010

    A Roseau County Sheriff deputy has pleaded guilty to the charges he faced for accidentally shooting his wife.

    Nathan Cossentine was charged with Transportation of an uncased, loaded firearm and recklessly handling a firearm.

    Authorities say in November, Cossentine's wife was injured when a bullet from his loaded hunting rifle hit her leg while they were sitting in their vehicle.

    Cossentine pleaded guilty to both counts today, but the plea was not accepted on the reckless handling of a firearm.

    Cossentine has to pay 485 dollars in fines and not have any other similar offenses.
    http://www.wdaz.com/event/article/id/1842/

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