MONROE, Ohio — Police in southwestern Ohio say a police chief mistakenly shot himself in the thigh after giving his daughter a gun safety lesson.
A police report says 54-year-old Middletown police Chief Greg Schwarber was preparing to clean his Glock .45-caliber pistol on Friday and didn't realize the gun was still loaded.
The report written by officers from neighboring Monroe says the bullet entered Schwarber's leg just above the knee.
When officers arrived, they found the chief lying on the floor with a towel covering his leg. Schwarber was taken to a hospital for treatment.
The hospital had no record of Schwarber being treated or admitted. A home phone number for him couldn't be found.
Why in the name of all hells the fool pointed the gun at his own leg to see if it was unloaded, is a question no sane man can answer. Then again, since he WAS teaching his child all about gun safety, its a blessing he didn't aim it right between her eyes as he squeezed the trigger. Now at least she knows that shooting yourself in the leg is preferable to murdering a member of the household.
And we all know how hard it is to find the telephone number of a Chief of Police, so the media being unable to contact him is quite understandable.