Man Fatally Shoots 67-Year-Old Wife In The Chest While Cleaning Gun

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A Washington man fatally shot his wife in the chest while cleaning his gun in the kitchen. Apparently, cleaning your gun while it’s loaded is a thing now. The man called 911 to report an ‘accidental’ shooting.

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Gary Crandall, 67, is under arrest after his wife was shot dead in their home on Monday, Mason County sheriff’s officials said.

The man called 911 just before 5:00 p.m. and told dispatchers he was cleaning his gun at his home when it accidentally went off and hit his wife, deputies said, according to KOMO News.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found the man’s wife with a gunshot wound to the chest.

The victim who was identified as Jean Crandell, was pronounced dead at the scene after a detective tried to give her CPR, said Detective William Adam of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.

Ms. Crandall turned 67-years-old the day before the shooting.

Gary Crandell was later booked into the Mason County Jail for investigation of negligent homicide and first-degree manslaughter.

“It’s always hard, especially in a small community where you often know people, often know the neighbors, that type of thing,” said Chief Deputy Ryan Spurling. “It affects the community.”



Watch courtesy of KOMO News:

Gail and Bill Robbins, who live next door to the couple, said their son ran inside the home when he saw Gary Crandell outside.

“It’s just very tragic,” said Gail Robbins. “It’s hard to like fathom all of this happening right now because they were such a loving couple. I mean, I never seen them say a cross word to each other. They were always side by side outside gardening together.”

If they were such a loving couple, the man would have cleaned his unloaded gun in another room, out of range from his wife.

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