MN: Deputy ends hunting trip by shooting wife
November 11, 2009
Roseau County Sheriff's Office: Deputy accidentally shot wife in thigh
The wife of a Roseau County (Minn.) deputy was expected to return home
Wednesday evening after being treated in Grand Forks for an accidental
gunshot wound, Chief Deputy Terry Bandemer said.
Bandemer said a bullet from a hunting rifle struck Michelle Cossentine,
27, on the top of her thigh as she sat in the passenger seat of a Chevrolet
Suburban shortly before 1:30 a.m. Sunday.
Her 29-year-old husband, Deputy Nathan Cossentine, was checking to see if
the gun was loaded when his pinky or part of his clothing hit the trigger,
the chief deputy said.
"He had it laying across his lap, and it discharged," Bandemer said. "The
bullet went across his wife's lap, right across her thigh."
Bandemer said the couple had just returned to their home south of Roseau
when the gun went off. They had been deer hunting earlier, he said.
Just after the shooting happened, Deputy Cossentine reported to the
sheriff's office that he was taking his wife to LifeCare Medical Center in
Roseau, authorities said.
She was later taken to Altru Hospital.
The bullet hit only skin and fatty tissue, and the greatest concern was
keeping the wound free of infection, Bandemer said.
The sheriff's department is investigating the incident.
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