Man demonstrating ‘proper way’ to handle gun shoots self in head

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James Gagum

James Gagum

James Gagum

James Gagum, seen in a mugshot from an unrelated conviction for driving on the wrong side of the road.

CONWAY, S.C. — A man who gained acclaim for shooting and killing a burglar that broke into his home is dead after attempting to demonstrate the “proper way” to shoot yourself in the head.

Conway police told WPDE that James Gagum, 43, was watching a movie on Aug. 31 with friends when an argument broke out about how one character was handling a gun. Gagum held the pistol to his head and said, “That’s not how it’s done.”

Gagum then pulled the trigger three times. On the third pull, the gun went off. He was pronounced dead at the scene of what police are calling an accidental shooting.

In April 2010, Gagum grabbed headlines for killing one of three suspects who broke into his home. Gagum, who claimed to be a good shot, claimed he also shot out the back of the would-be burglars car as they drove away.