Deputies: Man Shoots Himself, Gets Busted for Drug Possession

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A York County accidental shooting on New Year’s Day turned into a drug bust for the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office.

Matthew Ray Howell, 21, accidentally shot himself in the hand around 12:47 p.m. Jan. 1┬áin his apartment on the 800 block of Piccadilly Loop, according to a news release from the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office.

While medics attended to Howell’s injuries, deputies spotted marijuana in the apartment. Search warrants were secured and executed, with deputies finding 3 pounds of marijuana, other drugs, cash and guns.

Howell refused medical transportation to the hospital, but later went on his own.

On the same day, Howell was arrested and charged with reckless handling of a firearm, discharging a firearm in an occupied dwelling and possession with intent to distribute narcotics.