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Bar Owners Says Off-Duty Cop Shot Himself in Leg

By Alyssa Schnugg
News Editor

Rooster’s Blues House.

UPDATE: After conducting interviews and reviewing surveillance video, the Oxford Police Department charged Christopher Matthew Gipson, 34 of Magee with discharging a firearm within the city limits. This is a misdemeanor arrest and the case is being referred to the Oxford Municipal Court. Gipson is an investigator with the Magee Police Department.


The owner of an Oxford bar where a man unintentionally shot himself in the leg says the man was an off-duty police officer.

Scott Michael, owner of Rooster’s Blues House told Hottytoddy.com Wednesday that an off-duty police officer from south Mississippi was in Oxford for a conference when he came to Rooster’s wearing shorts and a.38 revolver in his pocket.

Michaels said the officer put his hand in his pocket and accidentally bumped the trigger, shooting himself in the calf.

“He should not have been there drinking with a gun in his pocket,” Michael said.

On Tuesday, the Oxford Police Department responded to the bar around midnight Tuesday.

The man was taken via ambulance to Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi with a non-life threatening injury. 

OPD said the incident is still under investigation and no charges were filed as of Tuesday.

According to State Law 45-9-101, “no license issued pursuant to this section shall authorize any person to carry a stun gun, concealed pistol or revolver into … any portion of an establishment, licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, that is primarily devoted to dispensing alcoholic beverages; any portion of an establishment in which beer or light wine is consumed on the premises, that is primarily devoted to such purpose.”


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