Flippin mayor shoots out window at City Hall

FLIPPIN — Authorities say no one was injured after the mayor of Flippin accidentally shot out a window in the police chief's office at City Hall.

A police report obtained by The Baxter Bulletin says the rifle had been seized by Flippin police. In the report, Police Chief Dusty Smith says he was on the telephone in his City Hall office when Mayor J.J. Hudson came in and picked up the gun.

The chief says he heard a loud shot and saw a large hole in his window. No one was injured.

Hudson told police that he was trying to unload the firearm and that the ammunition had jammed. He told the newspaper that "it's all been taken care of" and declined further comment.


Molly44 says...

That FLIPPIN mayor!

Posted 19 September 2013, 9:06 a.m. Suggest removal

djigoo says...

Gun nut.

Posted 19 September 2013, 9:26 a.m. Suggest removal

HarleyOwner says...

As Sheriff Andy Taylor would say; Barney!!! I wonder if they will give the mayor another bullet?

Posted 19 September 2013, 9:30 a.m. Suggest removal

NoCrossNoCrown says...

Nuts with guns......

Posted 19 September 2013, 10:10 a.m. Suggest removal

Packman says...

C'mon, goo goo, you're still just mad the Navy Yard shooter wasn't a white southern redneck. I'll bet you also can't get over how the shooter first used a common shotgun much like the one the guys in Duck Dynasty use for duck hunting. Having a bad week, goo goo? Anti-gun nut.

Posted 19 September 2013, 10:38 a.m. Suggest removal

outinthesticks says...

Thankfully, it was pointed toward the window; but what seems to have escaped the anti-gunners here is that these were the AUTHORITIES who are supposed to be the only ones in possession of guns in their utopia, and that the gun had been confiscated from a criminal (at least I assume a criminal). It wasn't like the mayor came strolling in with his personal .45 strapped to his belt and accidentally discharged it, so I don't really think the "gun nut" label applies even if you happen to lean left. It wasn't his gun. Who knows, maybe the mayor could benefit from a NRA firearms course, or would proper training in how to handle weapons be, shall we say, too "nutty"?

Posted 19 September 2013, 1:38 p.m. Suggest removal

miniahha says...

Seems to me that I remember my parents scolding me when I was growing up not to touch things that wasn't mine. Why was the mayor handling the gun in the first place? He wouldn't have known before hand that it needed to be unloaded... boils down to playing with something that wasn't his.

Posted 19 September 2013, 6:10 p.m. Suggest removal

Straytrooper says...

That's one way to unload it, and fix that window!

Posted 19 September 2013, 8:36 p.m. Suggest removal

outinthesticks says...

mini, some of you apparently don't have much of an understanding of truly "small" town officials. Harley cited Mayberry and has it about right. The mayor of such a small town may perform duties from the normal governmental operations to mowing grass to cleaning toilets. The mayor probably strolled in, saw the chief on the phone, picked it up, checked and saw it was loaded, and proceeded to unload it. As Foghorn said, he unloaded it all right, and maybe he should have left it to the "expert". For those "big city" elitists who sneer at such simplicity, we folks out in the sticks will take our small town living over your street crime and gangs any day as a matter of choice. I for one find the story hilariious since no one was hurt.

Posted 20 September 2013, 10:01 a.m. Suggest removal

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