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2manyhobbies 03-05-2013 06:43 PM

Karma gotta love it...
from Oregon man accidentally killed by AR-15 he had just stolen


by Jeff Thompson, Staff

Posted on March 4, 2013 at 12:52 PM

INDEPENDENCE, Ore. -- A man was killed when an AR-15 rifle he had just stolen from a Polk County farm discharged Sunday morning, police said.

Deputies responding to the report of a gunshot victim in the 5600 block of Halls Ferry Road found the suspect, 19-year-old Genaro Hernandez Mendoza of West Salem, dead inside a farm truck, said Polk County Sheriff's Office Detective John Williams.

Investigators learned that the truck had been stolen from a home on Independence Highway earlier that morning, along with a rifle, a shotgun and several other items.

"The evidence showed that while Hernandez Mendoza was driving away from the scene he was the victim of an accidental, self-inflicted gun shot wound from the rifle he had just taken," Williams said.

Williams added that the AR-15 rifle and the shotgun were both angled with their butts on the floorboard and their barrels pointed upward, toward the driver's seat. On the bumpy farm road, the bolt head of the shotgun apparently bumped against the rifle's trigger, firing one shot that hit the suspect and exited through the roof.

The suspect seemed to have acted alone in the burglary, Sheriff Bob Wolfe said.

StainlessSteel215 03-05-2013 06:49 PM

That must have been like a .001% chance that the guns were angled JUST perfectly, to have the bolt of the shotgun rest perfectly inside the trigger guard, hit the right bump and go BANG! Incredible....

Lesson here: dont mess with Karma (or good-hearted law abiding citizens) mothaf@#$^s!

Ruger22lr 03-05-2013 07:04 PM

At least the guns are back in the hands of their owners and not of criminals.

Jagermeister 03-05-2013 07:08 PM

I have heard of dogs accidentally shooting their owners by stepping on the gun, but this is a new one for me. Funny, but new.

762 03-05-2013 07:22 PM

these kinds of stories always make me smile, time to send out a new email to my work colleagues lol. thanks for sharing.

Str8tShooter 03-05-2013 07:38 PM

Yeah, I'm sure he was just about to get his life turned around........

StainlessSteel215 03-05-2013 07:56 PM

Hey JCannon, I'm a strong supporter of human rights and preservation of life (see my thread about going off on a guy who said he would rob, cheat, and steal his way to survival) but I agree this guy probably had it coming.

Lets not lump this into the same category as a tv theft. You dont steal someone's AR-15 with the intentions of brining it to your church as an offering to god, or show and tell. Lets get real, He could have gone on to commit robberies, homicide, etc.

If he took that AR and used it to stick up innocent people and kill, would you be so forgiving?

Tackleberry1 03-05-2013 08:22 PM

These stories usually end with a dead or assaulted homeowner OR an innocent motorist smashed up in a high speed pursuit.

This one ends with a dead thief, hopefully minimal damage to the farmers truck other than a bullet hole in the roof and of course the mess in the cab. Nothing a little JB WELD and elbow grease won't fix.

All in all sounds like a good day for the good guys and maybe... just maybe... The farmer recognizes his own ass hattery and buys a gun safe.


SouthernMan 03-05-2013 09:19 PM

I hope this doesn't prove that guns do kill people; is the shotgun being prosecuted?

JTJ 03-05-2013 09:36 PM


Originally Posted by SouthernMan (Post 1164923)
I hope this doesn't prove that guns do kill people; is the shotgun being prosecuted?

No. The shotgun was clearly defending itself from a gun napping.
Prison has not worked as a deterrent or for rehabilitation. Make it a capital offense to commit a crime with a firearm and the liberals will probably scream.

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