On 10-09-15 the Racine County Communication Center took a 911 call of a female in the town of Burlington who stated that her mother was shot in the stomach. Upon the arrival of deputies and their investigation into the shooting, it was learned that the 78 year old female was scared and went to arm herself with her handgun. She was walking in her house with the gun, when she dropped it. The gun hit the floor and fired upwards striking her in the abdomen. The patient was transported to Burlington Memorial Hospital and then to Froedtert for her injuries. The initial investigation into this incident shows that alcohol and drugs may have played a contributing factor into the chain of events.
The Sheriff’s Office would like to take this opportunity to remind people to be extra cautious with firearms and to remember gun safety when handling any firearm.