The incident occurred Sept. 21 at the couple’s home on the 2100 block of Cochran Springs Road. Andria Romaine’s husband was reloading his .45-caliber pistol as he tried to solve a problem with new ammunition when the gun discharged, according to Calhoun County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Matt Wade.
“We think it was just a tragic accident,” Wade said.
Wade said Romaine told deputies who responded to the emergency call that the shooting was a mistake.
According to Calhoun County Coroner Pat Brown, Romaine died at UAB Hospital.
Wade said that despite investigators’ beliefs, they must treat any such death as a homicide. As of this morning, the case was still considered a pending investigation, he said.
Wade stressed that gun owners can avoid tragedies if they follow basic safety guidelines. He said they must always treat a gun as if it is loaded and must never point a firearm in an unsafe direction.
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