Readers familiar with the British colloquial speech will already be snickering at the late Mr. Wanko’s surname. The more educated amongst them will be familiar with the Mandy Rice-Davis derived expression, “well he would say that wouldn’t he?” Which seems entirely appropriate here. “Parkside police Chief John Egan says officers responded to [the Wankos] home around 4 a.m. Saturday and found 43-year-old William Wanko with a gunshot wound to his chest. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. Egan says Wanko’s 42-year-old wife, Michele [above] said . . . wait for it . . . wait for it . . .
they’d been drinking lemonade and vodka for hours when she said she wanted to learn how to use a weapon in case someone tried to break in while he was away. Police say William Wanko was getting another gun out when his wife picked up a pistol and pulled the slide back, but the gun went off.
Right. Michele Wanko pulled the slide back “but” the gun “went off.” Don’t you just hate it when that happens?
Michele Wanko, who made the 911 call, also told police her wounded husband said, “I can’t believe that happened,” before he ran out of a small room in their basement and collapsed.
Rewind. Here’s a more complete description of the tragic event from another source [delcotimes.com]:
Michele Wanko told authorities they went to the basement where her husband opened a safe, removed several handguns and began showing her how to “clear a gun to make sure it was safe.” She said her husband had been teaching her to clear three of the handguns, and they were in a small room practicing for 45 minutes when she picked up the XD9 mm semiautomatic handgun.
The affidavit described the wife holding her arms in an extended position, with the gun in her right hand and pointed at her husband, and racking it with her left hand to make sure it was clear.
The gun fired after she racked the gun, though she was not sure if she was squeezing the trigger as she racked the gun or if she pulled the trigger afterwards, the affidavit states.
What is it with media reports of negligent discharges and passive construction? Anyway, Mr. Wanko gets the posthumous IGOTD trophy for thinking that it’s a good idea to give an inexperienced person a loaded gun after getting loaded on lemonade and vodka. Especially when she’s your wife. Just sayin’ . . .