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Suspect charged for accidentally firing bullet into North Olmsted neighbor’s apartment

January 20, 2019

Suspect charged for accidentally firing bullet into North Olmsted neighbor’s apartment

NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio -- A North Olmsted man escaped injury after his neighbor accidentally discharged a 9mm handgun and the bullet went through a wall into the man’s apartment and into a chair, according to police.

The man, who lives in a Lorain Road apartment building, told police that at about 10 a.m. Jan. 10, he was sitting in a living room chair playing a video game when he heard a loud pop. The man got up to investigate and noticed a round hole in a wall and that the wall was smoking. The resident then noticed that a mini refrigerator next to the wall had been struck by something -- and that there was a small hole in the back of the recliner in which the man had been sitting.

Police recovered a 9mm bullet from the back of the chair.

Before calling police, the man asked his neighbor what happened. The neighbor told the man that it was a small projectile that he had accidentally shot off, according to a police report. The man whose apartment suffered the damage then called police.

The man with the gun told police that he was on his bed checking on his 9mm handgun. A round got stuck in the chamber, and as he was trying to get the round unstuck, the gun went off. The suspect said he had aimed the gun down toward his bed.

The suspect turned his gun over to police, and officers charged the man with a misdemeanor count of discharging firearms.

No one was injured.

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