Man wounds self in accidental gun discharge

Update 4 p.m.:

A man injured Wednesday afternoon when his gun accidentally discharged was in the process of trying to secure it, according to Soldotna police.

Officer Tobin Brennan responded to the bathroom in Fred Meyer in Soldotna at 12:35 p.m. for a man who had been wounded by a gunshot from his firearm.

“He was trying to set it down and secure it on the toilet paper (dispenser) … and it fell off of there,” Brennan said.

The man was shot in the calf, he said, and is alert and awake, being taken care of at the hospital. Brennan responded to the scene along with another Soldotna police officer and four Alaska State Troopers. The scene was secured in a matter of minutes, he said, with no major disruption to the store.

Original story:

A man was wounded Wednesday when his gun discharged while he was in the bathroom at Fred Meyer in Soldotna.

Sgt. Stace Escott of the Soldotna Police Department said an officer responded to the store Wednesday and that the shooting was confirmed to be an accident. A man was in the Fred Meyer restroom when his gun fell to the floor and went off, shooting him in the leg, Escott said.

Captain Josh Thompson with Central Emergency Services said the man was taken to the hospital around 1 p.m.

This story will be updated as details become available.

Reach Megan Pacer at megan.pacer@peninsulaclarion.com.

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