Indoor Target Practice Injures Valley Man
A 22-year-old Spokane Valley man shot himself in the foot early Christmas Day as he was firing a small caliber rifle inside his South Sullivan apartment.
"Alex" was transported to a downtown hospital where he was being treated for a gunshot wound in the top of his left foot. The bullet apparently shattered bones in the foot and was described by one officer as “quite gory.”
Officers were summoned to the apartment about 4:30 a.m. Saturday and discovered "Alex" very intoxicated, apparently both on alcohol and prescription medications, and his roommate passed out.
Evidence at the scene led them to believe that "Alex" had been target shooting his .22-caliber semi-automatic rifle inside the apartment. They found targets drawn on a closet door and three spent bullet casings on the floor.
One of the fired bullets went through a wall and struck a clothes dryer in an adjacent room.
Officer Darrel Stidham said he attempted to interview "Alex" and the best information he could get was that the suspect apparently wanted to see what it felt like to be shot.
Stidham said probable cause exists to arrest "Alex" for Reckless Endangerment when doctors release him from the hospital. Also, the suspect has an extensive arrest record and also may face charges for unlawful possession of a firearm.
"Alex" was still undergoing treatment at 7:30 a.m.