Well that's what the headline said anyway.
The story is:
Officer accidentally shoots himself in face
A NORTH Queensland senior constable has accidentally shot himself in the face.
The officer at the Bowen station was handling his revolver at the station's weapons clearance drum when it accidentally discharged around 2.30pm (AEST) today.
Fragments from the discharged bullet ricocheted and struck the officer in the face, inflicting superficial injuries.
Senior police will investigate how the accident occurred.
Accidents wlll happen but let's revive the four rules:
1. A gun is ALWAYS LOADED. Always.
2. Do not point the muzzle at anything you're not willing to destroy.
3. Keep your finger off the trigger until you have your target sighted in.
4. Be sure of your target and what's behind it, before you pull the trigger.
As we don't have the full details of the "accident" it's hard to say which rule(s) were broken, but I'm actually voting that they all were.
Revolvers aren't known for "discharging accidentally" and for the bullet to ricocheted the muzzle obviously wasn't pointing in a "safe" direction.
These four rules will only keep you safe if you follow them - ALWAYS!