Man shoots self in head after complaining about father’s racy television show

Flown to Tucson hospital for treatment

By Jon Johnson

GRAHAM COUNTY – A 40-year-old man was flown to Banner-University Medical Center Tucson on March 23 after shooting himself in his head with a silver, .38 Special Lady Rossi.

The man allegedly was upset with his father for watching a television show where a naked woman emerged from a river. The man complained that it was an inappropriate show to watch since his 13-year-old daughter could have walked into the room and he and his father began to argue. At one point, the man told his father that he was going to grab the gun and shoot himself, and the father told him, “go ahead if you’re that stupid,” according to a Graham County Sheriff’s Office report. The man then went outside with the gun and fired two shots, with at least one striking him around his chin area, and then threw the gun back into the house.

Sheriff’s deputies and officers from the Safford Police Department responded to the residence just southeast of Safford at about 8:10 p.m., along with paramedics from Lifeline Ambulance. The victim was bandaged and transported to Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center, where he was sedated and then flown to UMC in Tucson.