Man Shoots Himself in Hand at Sterling Manor

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williamsburg police patchA Williamsburg man was hospitalized Sunday after he shot himself in the hand at Sterling Manor while inspecting his .45 handgun.

Maj. Greg Riley of the Williamsburg Police Department said charges are pending against the man. He said officers responded at 11:45 a.m. Sunday to Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center for a report of a person with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The man told officers he shot himself while inspecting the handgun. Nobody else was hurt in the incident.

Riley said he is not sure the condition of the man’s hand. His office is consulting with the Williamsburg-James City County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office to determine the best course of action.

He said anyone who handles a weapon should check twice to ensure it is unloaded. Once both checks have been made, handle the weapon safely and always treat it as if it is loaded.