Handgun fired in Jasper Walmart

Jasper — A man accidentally discharged a .40 caliber handgun he was carrying in his pocket at the Jasper Walmart Supercenter Sunday morning.

Police were dispatched to the store at 10:28 a.m. for the report of a gunshot in the store. When police arrived they determined that a handgun was accidentally discharged in the front portion of the store.

Kenneth D. Pirtle, 65, Dale, told police he was carrying the .40 caliber handgun in his front pocket and it had discharged when he reached into the pocket to retrieve something. The bullet exited Pirtle’s pant leg and struck the vinyl/concrete floor in the store causing it to ricochet up and become lodged in a wall.

No one was struck by the round.

Pirtle suffered minor injuries to his leg from the dicharge but refused medical treatment. He was charged with criminal recklessness with a firearm.

According to police, Pirtle had other items in his pocket that may have played a factor in the handgun accidentally discharging.

The incident is still under investigation.


  1. Not the best idea in the world to carry a handgun loose in ANY pocket! Glad no one was injured, but wouldn’t be surprised if Walmart doesn’t institute regulations regarding weapons in the future!

    1. Incidents like these are what gives good people with licenses to carry a bad name. Too bad he didn’t shot himself in the leg. Anyone dumb enough to carry without a holster that covers the trigger deserves as much. What a Dumb***!
      Good thing there wasn’t anyone else hurt.

  2. I thought handguns came equipped with ‘safetys’? NO? To keep things like this from happening?

    Small wonder I stay away from such foolishness.

    1. A lot of handguns do not have a true safety mechanism like most long guns. They instead rely on other thing such as Glock’s safe action trigger or Springfield’s grip safety. A true safety switch is one more thing to think about and go wrong if you ever need to use your weapon when you only have seconds to react.

      1. Some people need a true safety switch, like this —- that stuck it in his pocket, without a holster, and along with his change or whatever he was digging for.

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