Texas dad shot at Bricktown store in Oklahoma City

Darren Wayne Lannou told police he was trying on a new holster when his 5-year-old son accidentally shot him, Oklahoma City police reported.
Oklahoman Published: March 3, 2014

A 5-year-old boy accidentally shot his father inside Bass Pro Shops while the man tried on a new holster, police said.

Darren Wayne Lannou, of Canyon, Texas, who has a concealed carry permit from that state, was in the Bricktown sporting goods store Saturday night with his firearm in a holster, according to a police incident report. He took off his holstered gun in a dressing room and placed it on a bench where his son was playing with an iPhone, according to the incident report.

While trying on the new holster, Lannou tried to retrieve his gun but saw that his son had it.

The weapon discharged, causing a graze wound to the boy’s thumb, a through-and-through wound to his father’s right leg and a graze wound to the father’s left leg. Lannou said he grabbed the gun, threw it down, opened the dressing room door and yelled for someone to call 911, according to the report.

Workers at the store unloaded the gun before officers arrived.

Lannou and his son were taken to OU Medical Center with injuries that were not life threatening. The reporting officer said Lannou continually told police he made a mistake, was very remorseful and was very upset and concerned for his son.

“Obviously, it was a very scary situation, it could have had a much different ending,” police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said. “This will be investigated, but ultimately it will be up to the district attorney’s office if any charges are filed. It does appear right now to be an accident.”


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by LeighAnne Manwarren
Breaking News Reporter
LeighAnne Manwarren is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and weather for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. An Oklahoma City native, Manwarren is a University of Oklahoma journalism alum and has interned for The Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette,...
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