CRIME
10/02/2013 01:22 pm ET Updated Oct 02, 2013

Man Shoots Off Gun In Pants During Hug, Accidentally Kills Girlfriend

An Arizona woman died after her boyfriend accidentally shot off a handgun he had tucked into his waistband Tuesday morning.

The 18-year-old man had been hugging his 24-year-old girlfriend when she complained that the weapon was making her uncomfortable, according to KTVK.

The man discharged the gun while attempting to remove it, shooting the woman, according to police.

The woman was rushed to an area hospital and later pronounced dead. Police have not released names in the shooting. Phoenix Police Department spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson told ABC Phoenix that the shooting appears to be accidental, but is still under investigation.

In May, a Colorado woman died after being accidentally shot in the head with a rifle as she passed the gun to her husband.

The husband told police that she'd wanted to show her new gun off during a party, and that he wasn't sure he'd touched the weapon before it discharged.

In 2010, a hardware store customer who had a gun tucked into his waistband accidentally shot himself in the testicles.

And last May, a Florida woman who forgot she had a gun in her purse accidentally shot her friend in the leg when she dropped the purse and the gun went off.

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