Man Shoots Self While ‘Messing With’ Gun, Faces Charges
MOUNT CLEMENS (WWJ) – A 58-year-old Mount Clemens man is facing charges after he accidentally shot himself Tuesday night.
Macomb County Sheriff Lt. John Michalke told WWJ that when deputies arrived at the apartment on Groesbeck, they found the man bleeding on his living room floor.
“He described to our deputies that he was ‘messing with it’; that he had some problems with it, and he was messing with it because it never worked right,” Michalke said. “And at some point it discharged and sent the one round through is right hand, and then the bullet lodged in his thigh.”
He’s expected to be OK.
Michalke said the man claimed he owned the Jiminez Arms, .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun — but when deputies ran the gun’s serial number through a database they learned that the weapon was not registered.
“…And to compound matters in this case, this individual is a felon; and it’s illegal for a felon to possess a firearm,” Michalke said. “So there’s another charge that he faces for being a felon in possession of a firearm.”
Michalke said, on top of that, he man had two outstanding warrants for his arrest.
The man was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries. Once released from the hospital, he faces charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of an unregistered firearm, and reckless discharge.
The man’s name and details of his alleged previous crimes were not immediately released.