Cops: Drunk Man Accidentally Shoots Hole In Ceiling On Way To Bathroom
DETROIT (CBS Detroit) A bullet hole in the ceiling was evidence of an odd crime that police say happened at 6:13 p.m. Wednesday when a group of friends inexplicably had a loaded gun sitting between them on a dining room table.
The gun allegedly went off when one member of the group brushed it with his leg, putting a hole in the ceiling and causing the neighbor to call police to the the 3500 block of Karen Parkway, in the Cass Lake Shore Club apartment complex.
“After hearing the gunshot, the caller told officers two unknown male subjects and an unknown female subject knocked on his door inquiring if everyone was OK inside and if anyone “had been hit,” The caller told police, adding they all left abruptly after learning everyone was OK.
The apartment was empty, but cops said they saw a revolver sitting on the dining room table with six bullets sitting next to it. Of the six, one of the bullets had been fired.
“Officers saw a bullet hole in the ceiling that lined up directly under the couch of the callers apartment above,” the report summary says.
While cops were checking out the scene, the apartment’s resident, a 24-year-old Waterford man, had driven himself to the Police Department to speak with officers about the incident.
He told officers he had the revolver out sitting on the table with the hammer cocked and then this happened. “The suspect told officers he got up from the table to use the bathroom and brushed the revolver with his leg knocking it to the floor and causing it to fire,” police said in their summary.
Why was the gun on the table?
“The suspect could not provide any explanation for why he had the gun sitting on the table, loaded and the hammer cocked,” police wrote.
And there was another problem: Officers later determined the revolver was not registered and the suspect had never obtained a permit to purchase the revolver.
And this one: While speaking with the suspect, officers also observed he had been drinking, the summary says.
The suspect was issued an appearance citation for careless handling of a firearm and possession of a firearm while intoxicated before being released. The revolver was seized and may be returned after the suspect obtains the appropriate purchase permits and registrations.
No injuries were reported as a result of this incident.