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Former Trooper Accidentally Shoots Self in Mall Dressing Room

A .22 caliber revolver.

A .22 caliber revolver.

Retired state police investigator Robert Talbot of Ballston Spa, New York, made waves in Colonie around 8:20 p.m. on Tuesday night when he accidentally shot himself in the dressing room at sears. The former investigator, 56, reportedly shot himself in the knee with his .22 caliber revolver while changing clothes. Talbot’s injury is said to be non-life threatening, and no one else was injured. Needless to say, after the shootings in Aurora, Colorado this week, the fact of some guy, retired cop or not, carrying a loaded weapon into a public place was upsetting to shoppers. One Colonie resident told reporters, “You have to question why, it is scary.” Another said, “But why does he have a gun, that is the question? Why does anyone carry a loaded gun in the mall?” The answer in light of the situation is probably: To be safer. However, it is arguably not safe at all if you mishandle the weapon and shoot yourself.

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