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James Pace, Sr., 81, Shoots Self Accidentally; Rifle Seized By Police

An elderly Connecticut man accidentally shot himself after falling from his chair as he sneezed, all while waiting on his back porch for a raccoon that had been scratching at his door.

James Pace, Sr., 81, of New Canaan, Conn., armed himself with a .22 caliber rifle Saturday evening, as he waited for the pesky raccoon to show itself so he could finally take care of it once and for all. While he was sitting, he sneezed and fell to the ground, then realized he shot himself in the shin. He was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital by his son and was treated for a minor injury.

Police said his injury is not life threatening, and officers seized the rifle from him, as they are investigating the incident.

However, some online commenters claim this is a breach of the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution, which protects U.S. citizens from unwarranted search and seizure of property and belongings.

“Wondering what right they had to seize the rifle,” said one commenter on the site NC Gunowners. Another added, “According to the Fourth Amendment to the Constitutional of the United States, none, nada, zilch, nil, naught, nix and not one bit,” though Opposing Views cannot independently confirm nor deny the veracity of these claims.

Sources: The Washington Times, WUSA


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