North Kitsap Herald


Kingston man accidentally shoots his hand

January 12, 2013 · Updated 2:30 PM

KINGSTON — A 22-year-old Kingston man was treated for an accidental gunshot wound to his left hand and sent to Harborview Medical Center Jan. 5.

Kitsap County sheriff’s deputies were called to an accidental gunshot wound on Pennsylvania Avenue at 7:57 p.m. According to the report, the man was lying on the floor of his kitchen with his legs elevated. He told deputies he had dropped the gun earlier and “it wasn’t acting right.” He was inspecting the gun when “the hammer released” while he was cleaning it, according to the report.

The bullet, full of “small pellets like a shotgun bird shot,” went through his left hand, grazed his wife’s arm and hit the wall on the west side of the room.

The man, a former Marine, applied a bandage and pressure to his hand. Medics said he would likely need surgery for his hand and transported him to Harborview Medical Center. His wife declined medical aid.


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