ECA Review Reporter
A Stettler man is in stable condition after an accident with a loaded firearm.
On Friday, November 16, a 32-year-old male from Stettler was driving on highway 590 near Elnora with a loaded, uncased rifle resting in the passenger-side footwell of his truck. The rifle, which police state was leaning against the passenger seat with the muzzle pointed at the roof, somehow fell onto its side and subsequently discharged. The .30-06 rifle round struck the man in the abdomen, travelling through his body and exiting via the driver’s side door.
The injured man managed to pull his truck over, and was assisted by witnesses who were travelling in a vehicle behind him until emergency crews arrived.
The male was transported to Red Deer Hospital in critical condition. Members from the Three Hills RCMP detachment are investigating and careless use of a firearm charges are pending.
The Firearms Act dictates that, regardless of the classification, all firearms must be unloaded while being transported.