Soldier Kills Pal Trying to Cure Hiccups: Cops
He pointed a gun at his face to scare him
By Liam Carnahan, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2012 9:13 AM CDT
A soldier shot his friend in the face while trying to cure him of hiccups.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A soldier is being held in a Texas jail on manslaughter charges after a misguided attempt to cure a fellow soldier of hiccups resulted in his death, reports CBS News. Seems Spc. Patrick Edward Myers and friends were watching football—and unsurprisingly, drinking—on Sunday when the victim developed a case of hiccups. In an attempt to scare him out of them, Myers pointed a gun, which he says he thought was loaded with dummy rounds, at the man's face. The gun was, in fact, loaded, and discharged, killing the man. Bail for Myers is set at $1 million.

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Sep 26, 2012 9:36 PM CDT
It is totally beyond my understanding of how anyone, supposedly trained in firearms handling and use could actually BE THIS FUCKING STUPID!! If this is any example of our military people, we are in BIG TROUBLE!!!
Sep 26, 2012 2:33 PM CDT
I'm getting tired of hearing "I didn't mean to" as an excuse or justification for moronic activities that end in someone's death. This "soldier" (and I use the term loosely, since I'm sure he was trained to handle firearms safely and chose not to) should do some serious time. Whether the gun was loaded with blanks (which can and do kill), dummy rounds, or live ammo, it was certainly foreseeable that someone could get hurt. Along with his prison sentence, he should be made to write an essay per day on how being so monumentally stupid can cost someone their life. Hell, I'd give him a year in jail just for believing that old myth that you can "scare" hiccups out of anyone. Clearly this guy is dangerously stupid and we as a society deserve to be protected from him. Even Darwin himself would disavow any evolutionary link to this kind of profound imbecility.
Sep 26, 2012 12:38 PM CDT
Some people shouldn't have guns.