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Guardsman at Airport Shoots Himself

January 03, 2002|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A National Guardsman accidentally shot himself at San Francisco International Airport while trying to remove his gun from his holster.

Louis E. Alvarez, a National Guard specialist, was going off duty about 11 p.m. Friday when the accident happened, according to Sgt. 1st Class Tom Jacobs.

He was trying to make sure his M-9 pistol was clear of ammunition when he had trouble removing the gun from its holster and it went off. The shot went through his hip and exited at his buttocks.

Alvarez was taken to a hospital and released Saturday afternoon.

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