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SANFORD, NC (AP) — Lee County sheriff’s deputies say a Sanford
man shot and killed himself while showing friends the safety of his
new gun.

Deputies say the death of 23-year-old Randall Trent Butler was
an accident.

Capt. Jeff Johnson says there is nothing to indicate foul play.

Johnson says some friends were in Butler’s girlfriend’s home
when he showed them the safety features of his .22-caliber pistol.

The captain says Butler showed them the safety and how the gun
would not fire. Johnson says after Butler pulled the trigger and it
didn’t fire, he showed them the slide action, put the gun to his
head and pulled the trigger again.

Johnson says Butler apparently failed to re-engage the safety.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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