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April 30, 2013

Man charged for accidentally shooting girlfriend

TRAVERSE CITY — A man who said he accidentally shot his girlfriend in the leg while demonstrating how to shoot an attacker faces a criminal charge.

Andre Michael Martin, 25, told a Grand Traverse County sheriff's detective he was "extremely embarrassed" after shooting his girlfriend at their home in the 300 block of West Silver Lake Road in Garfield Township on April 4.

The couple prepared to run errands that afternoon, and Martin planned to open carry his weapon, according to a police report.

Martin demonstrated to his brother in the living room how he generally open-carries his 9mm handgun. The firearm had a round in the chamber at the time.

He then entered the bedroom, where he and and his girlfriend talked about "different calibers doing damage to people if they had to be used in self-defense," court documents state.

"Martin stated he was just about to holster his gun, when he then demonstrated to his girlfriend what he would do to an oncoming person. He stated he pointed the gun forward and down and at some point the gun 'just went off'," a detective wrote in the police report.

Martin said he "must have" pulled the trigger but did not remember doing so and did not intend to.

Responding deputies found Martin attempting to administer first aid to his girlfriend.

The victim told a detective she was "not exactly sure why he had taken the gun out of the holster, but stated it was never pointed directly at her and felt that when the gun had gone off, it was an accident and it was not intentional."

She said her relationship with Martin is "good" and they were not fighting when the shooting occurred.

Martin was cooperative and forthcoming during the investigation, authorities said. He is charged with careless discharge of a firearm causing injury, which is a two-year high court misdemeanor.

A preliminary examination is scheduled for May 14. Martin remains lodged on $5,000 bond.

 

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