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Shot with his own gun

Gazette staff July 25th, 2012

To loosely paraphrase the sentiment of the National Rifle Association: Guns don’t kill penises; felons with lousy luck do. Just ask Tavares Donnell Colbert, an ex-con recently arrested for possession of a firearm — but not before he had done gone and shot himself in the genitals.

Credit: Brad Gregg

Colbert told police the shooting occurred while he sat in his car in a convenience store parking lot near S.E. 44th Street and Shields Boulevard. The 36-year-old said he had been preparing to sell the weapon, which he’d purchased in Kansas, and — like any good salesman — was testing first to make sure it worked properly.

That’s when the gun went off, according to Colbert. Presumably the gun and genitals did not know one another before the incident, so motive remains unclear. Did the penis know too much?

At any rate, Colbert told police he panicked — a completely understandable reaction, we think — and drove himself to the hospital.

Police arrested the man after he was medically cleared from Southwest Medical Center.

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