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Peekskill Police: Man Won’t be Charged for Accidental Rifle Shot

An 88-year-old Peekskill man who accidentally fired a shot from his rifle into his neighbor's apartment Monday will not be charged, according to police.

No charges will be filed against the 88-year-old Peekskill man who accidentally discharged his rifle into his neighbor’s apartment Monday.

The incident happened at about 4 p.m. when 88-year-old resident of the Hampton Oaks Apartments, located off of Oakwood Dr. in Peekskill, accidentally fired a shot from his .22-caliber rifle while cleaning it.

The bullet went through the sheetrock wall that divides the two apartments. There were about five people in the neighboring apartment and none of them were injured, according to police.

Peekskill police Lt. Eric Johansen said the police department and the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office determined that the gun owner was not acting in a reckless manner or intoxicated in any way when the shot was fired.

“We believe it was an accident and charges weren’t warranted,” Johansen said.

shakemdown December 21, 2012 at 05:58 AM
let me get this right, the man is cleaning his rifle and a round goes off, and the police said it was a accident,first of all, whenever you have a weapon you should always assume that it is loaded, and if you are cleaning a weapon there is no reason why a round should be in the chamber. that just shows that he was reckless and he should'nt have a weapon if he don't know if it's loaded or not . i also guess his age has something to do with it.
Emilia December 21, 2012 at 07:28 PM
OK! So it was an "accident." But was the gun taken away from him?? I need an answer to that question. He could have killed someone in that apartment!

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