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November 18, 2013

Gun in pants pocket fires in Walmart; owner keeps shopping

CENTERVILLE, Iowa — Police said a man whose gun accidentally fired in his pants pocket while at Walmart on Sunday kept on shopping, paying for his items and leaving as though nothing had happened.

Christopher William Strube, 50, was arrested Monday and charged with discharging a weapon within city limits.

Strube was shopping Sunday afternoon with his .45-caliber gun in his pocket, when a bottle he was carrying bumped into the gun and caused it to fire one round, police said. Strube told police that after the gun went off, he paid for his items and left the store.

Employees and customers said they heard a gunshot and smelled gun powder. Police later found a .45-caliber bullet inside a can of beans.

No one was injured, and Strube does have a valid concealed weapon permit, police said.

Details for this story were reported by The Daily Iowegian in Centerville, Iowa.

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