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Delaware: Reloading and driving don't mix, man finds out

Sheriff's reports

The Delaware County Sheriff's Office recently investigated an incident in which a man accidentally shot himself while driving.

Deputies responded shortly before 10 a.m. June 4 to a Sunbury urgent-care center after receiving reports of an incident involving a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to sheriff's reports.

The man told officers he was driving westbound on state Route 37 East near state Route 605 when he stopped at a traffic light, reports said. After stopping, the man reportedly removed a handgun from his car's center console and loaded a round into the chamber.

The man said shortly after he loaded the round, the gun fired, striking his left hand. He told deputies he did not know why the gun discharged, and he did not think his finger was on the trigger.

The man drove himself to the urgent-care facility, according to sheriff's reports.

During the investigation, deputies found the man had additional guns in his vehicle, according to sheriff's reports. The man told deputies he had placed a backpack containing three guns in his car that morning because he was going to sell or trade them and purchase a different gun that evening.

The sheriff's office determined the incident was an accidental shooting and no charges will be filed.


Delaware police

Delaware police officers responded to a report of a fight about 12:15 a.m. June 8 in the first block of Troy Road.

Upon arriving, officers noted there were no ongoing fights in the area, according to police reports. After meeting with a man who called in the report in the 600 block of West Central Avenue, police observed he was highly intoxicated, according to police reports.

The man also had an open container of alcohol in his vehicle, reports said. He was taken to the Delaware County jail and faces misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and possessing an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, according to police reports.

In other recent Delaware police reports:

* Police seized a firearm after conducting a traffic stop about 10:30 a.m. June 6 in the 700 block of Sunbury Road, according to police reports.

Police initiated the stop near the intersection of state Route 521 and Sunbury Road, reports said. During the stop, officers found that the man and woman in the car were in possession of a handgun, according to police reports.

A Delaware County grand jury will investigate the incident and determine if charges are appropriate. Possible charges include improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony, reports said.

* Officers responded about 6 p.m. June 7 to the intersection of South Liberty and West Harrison streets after a gunman was reported in the area. After investigating the report, police could not determine if the subject of the call actually had a gun, according to police reports.

No arrests were made, reports said.

* Officers responded to the 200 block of South Washington Street about 6:45 p.m. June 9 after receiving a report that juveniles were shooting BB guns at other juveniles.

Officers investigated, but charges have not been filed, according to police reports.

* A woman reported an unknown suspect stole a GPS unit worth $100 from her car between 10 p.m. June 7 and 8 a.m. June 8 while the car was parked in the 100 block of Chamberlain Street.

* A woman reported her home was burglarized between noon and 3 p.m. June 8 in the first block of North Liberty Street. An unknown suspect entered through the back door and stole $43 in cash, according to police reports.

* Officers investigated a report of theft of drugs that occurred between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. June 8 in the first block of Reid Street. An un-known suspect stole 84 pain-killers from an unlocked car parked on the street, reports said.

* Officers took multiple theft reports after an unknown suspect entered several cars between 8 p.m. June 9 and 6:30 a.m. June 10 in the first block of Oakwood Drive, according to police reports. Multiple items were removed from the cars, reports said.

* Police responded to a report of a burglary that occurred between 9 p.m. June 8 and 8:45 a.m. June 9 in the 100 block of Glengary Drive. An unknown suspect entered the residence through a back door, according to police reports.

* A man reported a burglary that occurred between 1 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. June 10 in the first block of Carriage Drive. Someone entered the residence and stole multiple items, according to police reports.