MLT police: Husband says gun accidentally discharges, injuring wife Monday


A 20-year-old Mountlake Terrace woman was transported to Harborview Medical Center Monday afternoon with “non-life threatening injuries” after her 22-year-old husband accidentally shot her with a .45 caliber handgun he had received recently as a gift.

According to a city news release, Mountlake Terrace police were called to a residence in the 6100 block of St. Albion Way at 2:11 p.m. Monday for a “shots fired” situation. The caller was reporting a victim with an abdominal wound.

The husband said he accidentally discharged a gun he had been given as a gift. “He told officers that as he was securing the .45 caliber handgun, it discharged unexpectedly, and the round from the gun grazed his wife in the abdomen and the leg.

Officers recovered the discharged round from a chest of drawers within the residence, police said.


  1. There is no excuse for “accidentally” shooting someone. This is why we need gun safety classes as a prerequisite for gun ownership. Before people jump my butt for being a gun control nut, I’m a gun owner (multiple guns) who carries every day, all the time, even at home and I’m a NRA Life Member.

  2. I agree. Gun Safety, and Driver Safety are two things that SHOULD be mandatory before gun ownership or the issuance of a Driver’s license.

  3. You have to take a test to get your drivers license, the same should happen before you get a gun. How irresponsible. This is what happens when anybody can buy a gun. Very lucky no one was seriously injured.

  4. Guns do keep us safe! They also don’t accidentally go off by themselves. I have several and agree if you are going to be a gun owner you need to educate yourself. I hope she recovers and he takes a gun safety class.


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