Megan Sloss
Megan Sloss

September 22, 2016

A 26-year-old Guthrie Center man was showing his younger sister how to disassemble a pistol on Sunday when it fired and killed her, according to Sac County Sheriff Ken McClure.

Spencer Lee Sloss was the sole passenger in a car driven by his sister, Megan Quinn Sloss, 24, of Guthrie Center, that morning as they traveled north to an Ida County acreage to shoot targets with other family members.

Their parents rode in another vehicle.

About 11:38 a.m. — as Spencer and Megan Sloss were just east of Lake View and traveling about 55 mph — the 9mm semiautomatic weapon fired a bullet that struck Megan near her hip, McClure said.

Spencer Sloss climbed over the center console to steer and slow the car to a stop. He called 911 and pulled her from the vehicle.

A passerby doctor stopped to assist.

Megan Sloss was taken to Loring Hospital in Sac City and then flown by medical helicopter to a Des Moines hospital where she died shortly after her arrival.

A visitation and prayer service are set for today starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Guthrie Center High School gymnasium in Guthrie Center. The prayer service starts at 7 p.m.

Sloss’ parents — Curt and Brenda Sloss, of rural Guthrie Center — plan to hold a private funeral service for Megan, according to Twigg Funeral Home.

Megan Sloss graduated in 2010 from Guthrie Center High School and studied sociology at Central College in Pella. She started her second year of a master’s program at the University of Iowa this fall for social work.

It’s unclear whether Spencer Sloss will face a criminal charge for the incident. McClure said he will leave the decision to the county attorney, who prosecutes crimes in Sac.