Joliet Man Fatally Shoots Himself While Showing Off New Gun’s Safety

Don’t try this at home.

A 21-year-old Joliet man accidentally shot and killed himself while trying to demonstrate how the safety mechanism worked on his new handgun, authorities said today.

Deon D. Perry was pronounced dead at 5:40 a.m. Saturday at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center.

Joliet Police Cmdr. Al Roechner said today that the mishap occurred around 5 p.m. Friday as Perry was sitting in a vehicle in front of his home with two other people.

The two witnesses said Perry was displaying his recently purchased .25-caliber handgun when “he set the safety, pointed the gun at his face, pulled the trigger and the safety didn’t work,” Roechner said. Perry was shot in the right side of his face near his nose.”

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21 Responses to Joliet Man Fatally Shoots Himself While Showing Off New Gun’s Safety

  1. Ray Davies says:


  2. Rockheim says:

    Somebody was trying to get in under the wire as a contender for the 2012 Darwin awards…

  3. Lai says:

    “Player checks to see if the gun is loaded.”

    – Message given from the video game, Quake, when the player accidentally shoots themselves.

    This sort of story makes my brain hurt. I have a hard time understanding why some people refuse to use even simple common sense when handling weapons.

    Then again, the use of common sense seems to be a rarity nowadays.

    • Testa Sterone says:

      Hey, Lai! Not only is common sense a rarity, it’s not even being taught to today’s kids. I don’t know how this guy was ever issued a firearm (Saturday night special maybe) but for damn sure he never took a firearms safety course!!! Rule #1 – never, ever point that end with the hole in it at anybody or anything you don’t intend to shoot. Rule #2 – keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot. All he had to do was follow Rule #1 and he would still be alive to talk about it. Hope your brain feels better knowing you have common sense!!!

  4. BigJimTX says:

    ^^^^That is awesome.

  5. trebor snoyl says:

    Well, he won’t be contributing to the gene pool any more.

    • notamobster says:

      “Player checks to see if gun is loaded.” Unmitigated awesome. πŸ™‚

      Natural selection at work here, folks.

  6. R.D. Walker says:

    You know, I have been around weapons all my life, as a kid, an infantryman and an adult. I remain terrified of the business end of my weapon. Seriously. I am so hyper careful where it is pointed that it is like an obsession. I recommend everyone adopt my fear of the pointy end of the gun and, please, if you don’t want to kill something, keep your booger hooks off of the bang switches.

    • Testa Sterone says:

      I have to agree with you R.D. I fully respect the business end of my pistol(s) and never point them at anybody or anything I don’t intend to shoot. I carry totally concealed and fully locked and loaded and never, ever pull my weapon out to show it to somebody much less demonstrate any feature of the weapon to anybody. And I would never point it at myself even on a double dog dare whether empty or not. If they care to see my firearms in action – we go to the range where a few targets get to find out what I carry and how well I can use them.

    • Uke says:

      Ditto. My fear doesn’t abate when the weapon is merely safe. Not even when unloaded. Magazine ejected? Not quite good enough even then.

      The weapon has to be in full-and-visibly cleared mode for me to be more at ease. Mag ejected, slide/charging handle locked to the rear. Then I’m relaxed.

      After I’ve glanced at the chamber, anyway. >_>

      • notamobster says:

        Three most important gun safety rules:

        1) EVERY gun is loaded.
        2) Never put your finger on the trigger unless or until you’re ready to shoot what’s in front of it.
        3) If your firearm is unloaded, see rule #1.

  7. notamobster says:

    I love how you don’t ever emphasize the fact that you were a sniper. You just say “infantryman”. Very humble of you. πŸ˜‰

    As for the business end. Wow. It’s a killing implement, folks. The end with the hole in the middle is what does the killing.

    I do have to say that I was told, taught, trained, etc. It never sank in ‘proper’ until one day, as a young airman serving my country, I decided to check the mechanical safety of my sidearm by squeezing the trigger, with the muzzle pointing toward the floor of my completely enclosed vehicle. πŸ™‚

    It’s really, truly, incredibly {{{LOUD}}}. I have never trusted a mechanical safety ever again. At least I wasn’t dumb enough to point it at my head.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      Yep. I have seen more than one accidental discharge in my life. Fortunately, none hurt anyone.

      Once when I was a kid, an aunt and someone else were fooling around with my step-father’s .44 magnum revolver. They were sitting on the bed in the master bedroom. When it went off, the round went through the open bedroom door, the wall behind it, a framed picture on the other side of the wall, the open basement door, across the foyer, through the other wall and outside the house. There was a party going on and lots of people in the house. Somebody could have easily been killed. I will never forget that and, by God, it was LOUD!

      • R.D. Walker says:

        I knew another guy who, during the 1991 Gulf War charge into Iraq, accidentally put a round through the engine of the Humvee he was riding in disabling it. He was a lieutenant and it had a negative effect on his career. Didn’t help that he and the others in the vehicle were shooting road signs, knew they screwed up and then lied about what happened during the investigation.

        • R.D. Walker says:

          Once saw a guy trying to cross a barbed wire fence while pheasant hunting, trip, fall and have his .12 gauge go off when it hit the ground.

        • Ray Davies says:

          Hey, he was an Lt. cut the kida bit of slack. It’s always up to us NCOs to keep them out of trouble until they become at least Capt.s.

  8. GomeznSA says:

    Well, violation of basic gun safety rules ie always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, generally tends to end up with bad results (as in this case) or a major ‘whew’ moment as in the ‘incident’r related by RD at 1833hrs…………..

  9. notamobster says:

    I had a (very old) bolt action 16 gauge go off while dusting the trigger housing (same time frame as above). It was displayed in a built-in entertainment center. Made me deaf for a good 10 minutes, ringing for a few hours. That’s it for AD’s for me. Scared the crap out of me.

    That’s why I don’t have my guns loaded in the house. I have them able to be loaded in seconds (ammo next to them). As a cop, I was always ready to rock, but removed the round from the chamber when I got home.

  10. rj says:

    I take back every time I ever said “there’s no cure for stupid” turns out I was wrong, there is a cure.

    I once had a disconnector failure on a .45 while loading, dropped the slide and bang, thank god for clearing barrels and number 1 rule keep pointed in safe direction while loading/unloading.

  11. Uke says:

    My 12 ga. double barrel, break-action shotgun went off as I was loading it. I was snapping the weapon back to close position, and it went off.

    Scared the shit out of me, as it was my first legitimate firearm mechanical malfunction that resulted in an accidental discharge. Fortunately, I was following rule #1 (always point in safe direction, as if loaded), so the rounds did no harm.

  12. Jim22 says:

    I was witness to two accidental discharges the same day – one right after the other. I was hunting bobwhite with a friend who was carrying a Winchester 1897 pump shotgun. It was a frosty morning and his hands were cold. He racked a shell into the chamber and tried to let the hammer down slowly. As is the case on most ’97’s the checkering was worn down on the hammer and it slipped from his thumb. Fortunately he had the muzzle pointed at the ground.

    Then he did it again.