The following vignettes describe the circumstances for killings not ruled self-defense by private individuals with permits to carry concealed handguns. The incidents below all occurred in Kansas. The descriptions include the current, known status of any charges filed against the concealed carry killer as reported by news sources as well as noting instances where the perpetrator committed suicide.
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Concealed Handgun Permit Holder: Ronald Harner CONVICTED
Date: June 2, 2012
People Killed: 1
Circumstances: On June 2, 2012, concealed handgun permit holder Ronald Harner, 48, shot and killed his girlfriend, Jolie Crosby, 41, with a five-shot 38 caliber revolver. Harner claimed that the handgun fired unintentionally as he was trying to unload it. As Harner told detectives, “It was cocked. It freaking went off. I didn’t think there were even any bullets in the freaking thing. It just went off.” Harner was charged with second degree murder. During his trial, a firearms expert stated that it was unlikely that the revolver would have fired while being unloaded. Although Harner usually carried a 45 caliber handgun, he had borrowed the smaller 38-caliber revolver from a friend so he could carry it in the waistband of his shorts while attending the Wichita River Festival. The night before the shooting, Harner had been stopped at a DUI checkpoint where he failed a sobriety test, having drunk eight beers prior. Upon returning to Crosby’s house at 2:00 AM the next day, Crosby asked Harner to unload the .38, afraid that Crosby would fall asleep and that the four children sleeping in the house might find it. On June 10, 2013, Harner was convicted of reckless second-degree murder in the death of Jolie Crosby and faces a minimum of more than nine years in prison.
UPDATE: In July 2013, Ronald Harner was sentenced to 10 years and three months in prison. In August 2015, an appeals court upheld Harner’s conviction.
Source: State of Kansas v. Ronald E. Harner, Court of Appeals of Kansas, August 7, 2015; “Hutchinson man gets maximum sentence in woman’s 2012 shooting death,” kansas.com, July 31, 2013;“Hutchinson man convicted in shooting death of Wichita woman,” The Wichita Eagle, June 11, 2013; “Murder suspect told detectives that shooting was accidental,” The Wichita Eagle, June 6, 2013.