Gun that killed stuntman in Brisbane in 2017 should never have been on set, coroner finds

Gun that killed stuntman in Brisbane in 2017 should never have been on set, coroner finds

1/25/2022 12:46:00 PM

Gun that killed stuntman in Brisbane in 2017 should never have been on set, coroner finds

‘Accumulation of errors’ resulted in death of 28-year-old Johann Ofner during filming for Bliss N Eso hip-hop video

Johann Ofner was killed on the set of a Bliss N Eso music video in 2017.Australian Associated PressTue 25 Jan 2022 08.25 GMTLast modified on Tue 25 Jan 2022 08.54 GMTA stuntman filming an underground poker game scene for a hip-hop music video was shot dead in 2017 with a sawn-off firearm that should never have been on set, a

Brisbanecoroner has found.“An accumulation of errors” resulted in the death of Johann Ofner, coroner Donald MacKenzie said in inquest findings handed down in Brisbane on Tuesday.“The critical lesson from this tragedy is that Mr Ofner died as a result of criminal actions,” he added, referring to the actions of the set’s armourer Warren Ritchie. “His death was avoidable.”

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Johann Ofner was killed on the set of a Bliss N Eso music video in 2017. Johann Ofner was killed on the set of a Bliss N Eso music video in 2017. Australian Associated Press Tue 25 Jan 2022 08.25 GMT Last modified on Tue 25 Jan 2022 08.54 GMT A stuntman filming an underground poker game scene for a hip-hop music video was shot dead in 2017 with a sawn-off firearm that should never have been on set, a Brisbane coroner has found. “An accumulation of errors” resulted in the death of Johann Ofner, coroner Donald MacKenzie said in inquest findings handed down in Brisbane on Tuesday. “The critical lesson from this tragedy is that Mr Ofner died as a result of criminal actions,” he added, referring to the actions of the set’s armourer Warren Ritchie. “His death was avoidable.” The shots were fired at the 28-year-old’s chest during filming for a video for the Bliss N Eso hip-hop group’s song Friend Like You on 23 January 2017. Ofner, a highly-skilled stuntman, was contracted with three Japan-based performers for the video based on the journey of a $50 note passing through the lives of a child, a poker game and an old man. The filming at Brisbane’s Brooklyn Standard Bar involved a scene depicting a shootout after an argument erupted during an underground poker game. During the scene, Ofner – a grand finalist in the Australian Ninja Warrior television show – approached another stuntman to pistol-whip him. The scene involved a second stuntman removing a 12-gauge sawn-off shotgun from his waistband and firing from his hip. The findings do not suggest that the stuntman who fired the gun engaged in any wrongdoing. Ofner wore a jerk vest attached to a rope used to pull him back, simulating the impact from the shotgun blast catapulting him backwards. The actors ran through sequences several times before being given firearms. The operable gun used to fire at Ofner was provided by an experienced and licensed theatrical armourer, Warren Ritchie, but it was not permitted for productions. Ritchie had also illegally obtained homemade shotgun shells that contained ignition powder, cloth wadding and a plastic casing which was effectively a projectile. The jerk rope was pulled as the shots were fired with the gun barrel less than 1.45 metres away from Ofner’s chest. An autopsy found he died from two projectile wounds on the left side of his chest. The coroner said the weapons supplied under Ritchie’s licence should have used blanks or been permanently inoperable. “Clearly, the shortened shotgun which was fired killing the deceased was neither,” he added. “The use of a plastic wad and fibre filler in the shotgun cartridge shell created a projectile so this sawn-off shotgun could not be considered inoperable.”