Man shot himself dead, after shooting son accidentally

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KOCHI: After shooting son accidently while cleaning his licensed firearm on early Sunday morning, a bank security guard killed himself in remorse. The man identified as K P Mathew aged nearly about 56 years old of Kavungal house in Angamaly, turned the gun on himself thinking he had fatally injured his son Manu (21) but, as fate would have it, Manu escaped with a mere flesh wound. He is recovering in hospital after seven stiches to his scalp.

“Mathew, who is a security guard at Federal Bank by profession, was cleaning his licensed double barrel gun at his home around 9 am. His child Manu was sitting in front of the TV when the weapon went off accidentally. Mathew and Manu were sitting vis-à-vis. The bullet graced Manu’s scalp. Listening to the gunfire, neighbors assembled at the house and hurried Manu to hospital. Seeing substantial seeping on his child’s head, Mathew thought the damage was appalling. Going into the house, Mathew locked himself in the room and shot himself under his chin,” police sub-inspector C P Happy said.

Police officials feel Mathew, who has a gun license, pulled the trigger with his toe. Pellets from the shot drilled holes in the walls of the house.

“Manu was working in a shop in the wake of finishing his degree and Mathew’s daughter is presently studying for Class 12th. Mathew acted as a guard for every day wages and his significant other is likewise a day by day worker. The episode happened not long after his significant other achieved home from Church after going to a Sunday mass,” Joy K An, a panchayat member was quoted as saying.

In June this year in Kannur, a bank worker kicked the bucket of a bullet injury after a security guard’s weapon went off.