According to Indiana Conservation Officer Nathan Hooley, Joseph Miretti was firing his Ruger 22/45 MKII pistol – which he had altered by mounting a vertical foregrip to it – at 5 p.m. Saturday. This type of foregrip is typically used on AR-15 type rifles, according to the release.
When Miretti went to adjust his left hand, which was holding the attached foregrip, he fired while his left index finger was in front of the muzzle, according to the release. After shooting himself, he was taken to Goshen General Hospital where he lost the tip of his left index finger.
Hunting safety urgedWith the upcoming hunting seasons fast approaching, Indiana conservation officers urge all hunters and recreational shooters to follow safe firearm handling procedures. Some of these include knowing how to safely operate your firearm and always keeping the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, knowing what is beyond your target, and treating every firearm as if it were loaded.
Find information on upcoming hunter education classes at www.in.gov/dnr/lawenfor/4812.htm or by calling 1-574-457-8092.