It was a routine dental appointment, until James White went to reach for his cellphone.
Instead of grabbing his phone, the 72-year-old from New Carlisle, Ohio — who was under the influence of nitrous oxide — grabbed something else: his pistol.
Still sitting in the dental chair, the woozy patient fired off a round that struck his hand and grazed the left side of his stomach, according to the Springfield News-Sun.
He would later tell police that he thought the phone was ringing before he decided to answer it, the paper reported.
White has a concealed-carry permit, and the dentist’s office does not have signs asking gun owners to keep firearms out of the facility, WCMH reported. But he could be charged with using a weapon while intoxicated, the News-Sun reported. Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly told the paper that formal charges have not been filed “and the case will go before the prosecutor.”
“Going into a doctor’s office where you might be placed under some kind of medication, you might not want to carry a weapon in there,” she told WCMH. “Think of your safety and the safety of those around you.”