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Dearborn Resident Charged With Accidentally Shooting Neighbor's House

The following information was supplied by the Dearborn Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

A resident of the 24600 block of Cherry Street called Dearborn police on Thursday, Dec. 6, after discovering a bullet hole in his home.

The man told police that he had heard a loud "bang" the previous day, but after going outside and seeing nothing out of the ordinary, went about his day thinking nothing more of the noise. It wasn't until Thursday afternoon that he went into the upstairs of his house and saw a clear bullet trajectory into his spare bedroom from the outside.

According to police, the bullet appeared to come in through the east wall of the house and went through the closet door and into another wall in the room. Officers investigated outside and found what appeared to be an "exit" hole in a neighboring home.

Officers spoke with one of the residents of that home, who said he lived there with two roommates—one of whom owned firearms. That roommate spoke with police and said that he did have a gun, and had been handling it on Wednesday when the "bang" was heard.

He told police that he had removed the magazine and de-cocked the gun, put on the safety and placed it on the headboard of his bed. Ten seconds later, he said, the gun went off.

The man said that he couldn't find a bullet hole in his wall, and assumed that the shot did not actually release a bullet.

Police charged the man with reckless discharge of a firearm, and advised him to contact the 19th District Court.

Youssef January 30, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Gun basics 101: It only goes "BOOM" if the trigger is squeezed. Police rightfully didn't buy this guys story.

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