Sanford man shoots himself while showing safety

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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.

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    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.

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