Milwaukee man dies after accidentally shooting himself in the thigh while reholstering

Timothy Phonisay (facebook)

Timothy Phonisay (facebook)

MILWAUKEE — A 22-year-old Milwaukee man died during surgery at Froedtert Hospital after he shot himself in the thigh Friday morning, August 21st.

Timothy Phonisay was pronounced dead around 1 a.m. Officials say he accidentally shot himself in the right thigh in his home near 44th and Keefe.

According to the Medical Examiner’s report, Phonisay was apparently posing with a handgun and when he went to holster it, a round was fired and entered his right groin area.

Phonisay sustained two penetrating wounds to the right thigh. There was no bullet recovered or found on x-ray, according to the Medical Examiner’s report.

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I’m not making this about appendix carry. We’ve discussed this many times. We know the issues and I am not a fan but, that is simply a matter of my body type (dunlap), lifestyle, and maintaining consistency with the way I shoot/train 99% of the time. The fact is, there is a hazard of negligently shooting yourself while re-holstering regardless of how you carry.

This incident is purely a result of the decedent’s own negligence and incompetence. He was apparently posing in front of a mirror. He could be a victim of Internet/YouTube training. We will never know. But we do know the story, as it’s told by the media, isn’t quite right. The gun didn’t just go off. If not his finger, then some part of his clothing connected with the trigger as he pushed the gun into his holster. The gun worked as designed.

If I’ve never offered this up before, my advice on this is that re-holstering should be done slowly and deliberately. I see too many shooters on a weekly basis who either shove or practically throw their guns into their holsters with no thought of the possibility that the gun could hang up on something or even miss the holster entirely. What’s the hurry? Slow down! Believe it or not, it’s not a bad idea to actually LOOK at the holster as you’re holstering so you can see what you’re doing and spot a problem before the gun goes bang. And yes, this is easier when you don’t have a lot of “tactical girth” to deal with. I know, I dropped 80lbs…It’s a good reason to get your fat butt in the gym and stop eating donuts!


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  1. I know some of you “experts” will burst into flame when you read this, but I believe in safeties. Not just a drop safety, but a safety that, when engaged, blocks the trigger. Glocks are the worst for AD’s, ND’s and such. The Springfield XD and XDM lines have a grip safety. Most Rugers have a thumb safety. S&W M&P’s are available with a thumb safety. 1911’s have a grip safety AND a thumb safety, a system that has worked for the U.S. military for over a hundred years. When I won a Glock 19 and offered it to my wife, she refused without a safety, so I got a Cominoli safety installed. It works just like the M&P thumb safety.

    Practice with a safety and it is not in the way. Practice and use it, and reholstering accidents are a lot less likely, especially those caused by outside forces. After all that, I have to admit I carry a Sig P227, which has no manual safety, although it does have a 10.4lb DA trigger pull before the 4.4lb SA trigger pull. I call that almost a safety.

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