Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
P.O. Box 100 - Hillsboro, MO 63050
Oliver "Glenn" Boyer, Sheriff
Sheriff Oliver "Glenn" Boyer reports that on 9-18-09, Sheriff's Deputies responded to 4307 Rock Valley Court in Imperial, Missouri for an accidental shooting.
According to the investigation, the victim James Looney, W/M, age 40, an Imperial resident, was teaching his girlfriend firearm safety.
According to the witness, James Looney would show the different safety mechanisms, put the gun to his head, and ask if the gun would go off. Looney apparently did this with two other weapons and varied safety mechanisms, before the last one went off.
Looney was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead the next morning. According to witnesses, Looney was going to take his girlfriend to the shooting range the next day, but insisted on firearm safety the day prior.