Navy SEAL shoots himself in head with ‘unloaded’ gun

By David Edwards
Friday, January 6, 2012 11:19 EDT
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Navy SEAL Geno Clayton accidentally shoots himself
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A 22-year-old Navy SEAL accidentally shot himself in the head Thursday with a gun that he thought was unloaded.

San Diego Police Department Officer Frank Cali said that the SEAL had been drinking with a woman at a bar. After returning to his Pacific Beach home, he had tried to convince the woman that his 9 mm pistol was safe to handle by putting it to his head and pulling the trigger.

The man was later identified as Geno Clayton, the son of a local businessman. While authorities initially reported that Clayton had died in the accident, he is now on life support.

Just in the past week, Clayton had been assigned to a SEAL team after completing the SEAL training course.

Watch this video from WYTV, broadcast Jan. 5, 2012.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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