Chaires, Florida is about as idyllic a piece of country heaven as you could ask for. Horse farms and swampy woodlands within driving distance of Tallahassee. Land is pretty cheap there, too if you’re looking for a good sized parcel. Just make sure you don’t move in next door to Eric Stayton. In honor of his sister’s (Renee Chaires) 40th birthday, the suburban cowboy (not pictured above) decided to pay homage to one of the great gunslingers of history and recreate a scene from the 1993 classic movie “Tombstone” by doing a little gunspinning a la Johnny Ringo . . .
According to the Tallahassee Democrat “the gun fell to the ground and discharged, hitting [Renee] Chaires in the neck. She later died.” The Leon County Sheriff’s Office is investigating and will be referring the case to the state attorney’s office for charges.
No word on the make or model of the firearm Mr. Stayton was twirling, but most modern revolvers have a hammer block safety that prevents the hammer from going forward without the trigger being pulled. Which means they’re drop safe. Perhaps Mr. Stayton should have stuck to twirling a shot glass. Still cool, but much less dangerous.