Chicago firearms safety instructor, 61, accidentally shot and killed his wife, 60, while cleaning his gun and then turned the weapon on himself
An Illinois firearms safety instructor took his own life after accidentally shooting and killing his wife while trying to clean his gun.
Simeon Hendrickson, 61, was cleaning one of his weapons in the Bolingbrook neighborhood of suburban Chicago last Saturday afternoon.
He accidentally discharged the gun and hit his wife, 60-year-old Lori Hendrickson.
Police said Simeon Hendrickson then took his own life with a handgun.
Hendrickson was pronounced dead at the scene when police arrived at 5:45 p.m. local time.
An Illinois firearms safety instructor took his own life after accidentally shooting his wife while trying to clean his gun.
Authorities said they originally went to the scene for a report of a man who had accidentally shot himself and learned on the way there that a second man might have been shot.
The wife, Laurie, died at a nearby hospital, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
“The preliminary investigation indicates that Simeon S. Hendrickson was working on one of his handguns at his residence when it accidentally discharged and the round struck his wife, Lori J. Hendrickson,” police said.
According to his Facebook page, Simeon Hendrickson was a gun enthusiast who taught firearms training.
He taught classes on how to properly carry concealed at a facility in suburban Chicago.
‘Simeon Hendrickson then took his own life with a handgun.’
The Hendricksons had four children, one of whom predeceased them, as well as two grandchildren.
“They were loved and respected by many and were the greatest parents anyone could ever ask for,” their son Derek said in a Facebook post remembering them.
Simeon Hendrickson, 61, was cleaning one of his weapons last Saturday afternoon in the Chicago suburb of Bolingbrook.
Police said the incident was still under investigation but called it a ‘random act’ and said there was no threat to the public.
No further details have been released.
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