Archive for Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Sheriff’s deputy says shooting death of Wellsville man was accidental, not homicide

January 3, 2012, 10:44 a.m. Updated January 3, 2012, 11:49 a.m.


Franklin County Sheriff’s investigators said a 56-year-old Wellsville man died in an accidental shooting last weekend at his home.

Sheriff’s officials had said earlier they were investigating the death of Sean Thomson as a homicide, but that was out of caution because Thomson was home alone at the time of the shooting. Officers were called about 1 p.m. Saturday to his home in the 200 block of Downey Lane in Wellsville. He later died at Olathe Medical Center.

Master Deputy Jerrod Fredricks, a sheriff’s spokesman, said Tuesday morning that investigators believe Thomson was handling the gun when it accidentally fired.

According to his obituary, Thomson worked for 20 years at Liberty Hall in downtown Lawrence.


Jeremiah Jefferson 3 years, 9 months ago

Thats too bad. Sorry for his family's loss. But the first rule in handling a firearm is to check and see if its loaded with the barrel pointed away from you and pointed in a safe direction. If he had done that he would still be alive. I love my guns and fully support the 2nd amendment, but too many gun enthusiest get complacent and ignor proper saftey precautions

newguy 3 years, 9 months ago

Really? Is it that difficult for you to just. not. say. anything.

This is the second comment I've ever made, the first of which was suggesting that commenting on the be deactivated.

What is the thought process that compels you to add useless and unnecessary commentary to this report?

Again, I firmly believe that this outlet for news is not an appropriate one for comments from the public. However, that is just my opinion.

Write a letter to the editor if you have something to say.

frank mcguinness 3 years, 9 months ago

1 My sincerest condolences to all of Sean's family and friends. He was hands down one of the nicest people I have EVER met. My family will miss him.

2 @catfishturkeyhunter Sean was a GREAT/ SMART guy and it unnecessary for you to spout off rules of handling a firearm. Accidents happen even when you properly care for your firearms.

So please go find a hole and stick your head in it.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 9 months ago

Sean and I were friends for more decades than I care to count. Any show I went to at Liberty Hall, or as I was just walking by, it was always a very pleasant "reunion" for both of us. He was always pleased to see me, and I him. Liberty Hall won't be the same without him, but it never would have become the place it is without him, either.

Rock on in the next world, Sean.

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