Drunken Gun Enthusiast Kerry Putnam's "Stupid Incident" With Loaded Gun Leaves Wife Dead

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It was just a case of "wrong place at the wrong time."

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Kerry Putnam
At least that's what 64 year-old Kerry Putnam told police after shooting his wife Friday night in their Tempe home.

In what he referred to as a "stupid incident," the drunken Putnam was switching the ammunition magazines from his .45 caliber semiautomatic handgun at about 8:20 p.m. Thursday when the slide went forward.

The gun went off, shooting his wife Antoinette in the chest from about 10 to 15 feet away across the room. She was transported to Maricopa County Hospital where she was pronounced dead about 40 minutes later. Putnam was arrested the next day.

Blowing a cool .187 BAC, Putnam claimed to be a well-trained gunman who grew up around guns and frequents the shooting range. He even boasted to police about his third-place ranking in a shooting competition.

Apparently his game was off that night.

Putnam was booked on one count of reckless manslaughter and booked into a Maricopa County jail.

He has no prior arrests and no record of domestic abuse.



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Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

this guy is more proof to not get drunk. get stoned on pot instead it creates less problems.

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Mistalee
Mistalee

"In what he referred to as a "stupid incident," the drunken Putnam wasswitching the ammunition magazines from his .45 caliber semiautomatichandgun at about 8:20 p.m. Thursday when the slide went forward."

Yeah, that is pretty stupid.

Considering that you don't need or want the slide open when putting a clip in a handgun like this. And considering that the safety had to be off. And considering that you'd still need to pull the trigger in order to drop the hammer. While pointing the pistol right at your wifey's heart.

 Drunk or sober, the number of things that this guy had to do wrong is fairly outlandish, considering that he claims to be well-versed in firearms. The simpler hypothesis is that this guy offed his wife and managed to sell it to the cops as an accident.

The Misanthropic Recluse Crank
The Misanthropic Recluse Crank

he looks like most of  the new times bloggers.  new times should have a blogger party so we can all get drunk or stoned and then beat the shit out of each other and then kill each other.

AlanOn
AlanOn

Why is this listed under "Dumb" anyway?  Is it because it's dumb that the police bought such an obviously fake story?   Why is it just assumed that he got drunk before the shooting and not after?

J Curwen
J Curwen

You wouldn't be an MCSO employee, would you?

Sarah_hause
Sarah_hause

What kind of heartless punk bitch are you to sit and make a blog like this reguarding the loss of a great woman,wonderful mother,and loving grandmother. For you to actually think of being so ignorant to put a comment like you did the only word I can think of is evil,fucking punk. What is your problem,Oh I know your so lonely, miserable,and not cared about that the best thing you have to do is bring more pain to the Family and thank the Lord there is a place at the end of our life time for punk bitch's like you!!!                                          Sincerly, A very close friend of the Family

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

 most people who are victims of a crime want the offender or criminals to get beat up or killed in jail or prison. what are you a pussy ass peace and love hippie christian or something?

Terricole2
Terricole2

Sarah, it is sad when people use these comment blogs to say something mindless and idiotic.  I've known Toni for almost 30 years and am saddened as she was a sweet, trusting, intelligent woman.  Her caring attitude and sense of humor will be missed in this world.

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