Man accidentally shoots self in genitals, is arrested in Oklahoma City

The man, a felon, told police he planned to sell the gun in a convenience store parking lot. It went off accidentally as he was making sure the gun worked.
by Juliana Keeping Modified: July 17, 2012 at 9:21 am •  Published: July 16, 2012

A felon was jailed after he told police he shot himself in the genitals while preparing a gun for sale.

Police were called at 9 a.m. Saturday to the emergency room at Southwest Medical Center, 4401 S Western Ave., where officers found the bleeding man.

He told police he bought a gun on the street in Kansas and had planned to sell it in a convenience store parking lot near SE 44 and Shields Boulevard. On the way there, he pulled over to make sure the gun functioned properly.

The gun went off while he was in his car in a parking lot near SE 15 and Interstate 35. He panicked and drove himself to the hospital, he told police.

Police arrested the man at the hospital after he was medically cleared.

Tavares Donnell Colbert, 36, was arrested on a complaint of possession of a firearm.

Colbert is a felon with convictions including a 2003 charge for possession of a controlled and dangerous substance with intent to distribute, according to police.


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by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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