Iowa man’s gun accidentally fires from pants pocket at Wal-Mart but he finishes shopping

By Travis Gettys
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 15:04 EDT
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Christopher William Strube
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Police said an Iowa man was arrested after his concealed weapon accidentally fired while he was shopping at Wal-Mart.

Officers said Christopher William Strube, of Centerville, was shopping Sunday afternoon when the .45-caliber handgun fired from his pants pocket.

Investigators said the 50-year-old Strube told them a bottle he was carrying struck the weapon and caused it to fire one round.

Police said Strube told them he paid for his items and left the store.

Store employees and other shoppers reported the gunshot, and police said they smelled gunpowder and found a bullet hole in a basket and several cans of beans.

They also found a .45-caliber bullet in one of the cans of beans.

Strube, who has a valid concealed carry permit, was arrested the following morning and charged with discharging a weapon within city limits.

No one was injured by the gunshot, police said.

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