"Deputies said the victim did not realize it was loaded and accidentally fired a round, hitting himself in the head."
So did he not check the chamber and pointed it at his head and pulled the trigger? Or did he "accidentally" fire a round? He didn't accidentally fire a round, he intentionally pulled the trigger not knowing it was loaded. Reporters these days don't know the proper use of the English language, probably because English is not their primary language.
Break a simple rule and pay the price.ALWAYS open the action and check. It’s the very first thing you should do. Keep it pointed in a safe direction. DUH! He won’t even make that mistake again. Let that be a lesson..