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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Thriller Thursday - Shot By His Own Gun!

Dallas Morning News, August 18, 1934, Section I, p 3:


ABILENE, Texas. Aug. 17 (AP) - Struck in the heart by a charge from a shotgun which went off accidentally as he removed it from the back of an automobile, W. S. Chinn, 78, of Merkel, pioneer of Taylor county, fell dead in the drive at a son's home in Abilene Friday afternoon.

The accident occurred as Mrs. M. V. Chinn, daughter-in-law of Chinn, stood waiting in the doorway of the residence. Chinn had brought the shotgun to Abilene to complete a trade. As he removed it from the back of his roadster, the turtle cover fell against the hammer. The charge hit him full in chest, resulting in instantaneous death.

[W. S. Chinn was Walter Scott Chinn, a son of Cabell Breckenridge Chinn, Sr and Jane McCausland. He was born in Louisiana April 13, 1858 and died August 17, 1934 in Abilene, Texas.]

His memorial on Find-A-Grave can be found here.

Copyright 2011, ACK for Gene Notes

1 comment:

  1. Now that is an accident! How sad.

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