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Man Complaining Of Headache Had Bullet In Brain

March 13, 1992

GULF BREEZE, Fla. (AP) _ A man went to a hospital complaining of a headache, and doctors discovered he had been shot and a bullet was lodged in his brain.

Juan Colon, 19, of this Pensacola suburb, said he knew he had been accidentally shot above his right ear by a friend, but both men thought the bullet had just grazed his head.

″It felt like it was just a cut until I started throwing up a lot,″ Colon said.

A CAT scan Sunday at one hospital revealed the bullet. Colon was transferred to another hospital for surgery that night to remove the .22- caliber bullet.

″It was just an accident ... and being stupid, I guess. I’m not upset at anybody,″ Colon said Tuesday. Police declared the shooting accidental. Colon said he wouldn’t press charges against his friend, Ryan Figueroa, 18, also of Gulf Breeze.

The shooting happened Saturday night in Panama City Beach, about 90 miles east of here in the Florida Panhandle, when Colon, Figueroa and two other friends had been drinking heavily.

Colon and Figueroa started wrestling in their motel room, said Panama City Beach police investigator Jay Clark. Figueroa pulled out a .22-caliber revolver that he thought he had unloaded and jokingly pulled the trigger, Clark said.

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