PDT Staff Writer
The Scioto County Sheriff’s Office says it will take the case against a man who reportedly accidentally shot himself to the Scioto County Prosecutor’s Office. Eugene Collier, 33, of 89 Waddell Rd., Lucasville, could face a charge of having a weapon under disability after shooting himself in the foot Wednesday.
Deputies were dispatched to 89 Waddell Road around 11:47 p.m. concerning a man who had accidentally been shot. When deputies arrived they found Collier with his foot wrapped in a towel. Deputies went inside and were given a .22 caliber bolt-action rifle, and they immediately unloaded the gun and took the spent round out.
The first description of what happened was that the man’s sister brought the gun out of the house because someone had heard a noise, and that she slipped on the wet ground, the gun went off, and Collier was shot in the foot. However, after a deputy looked at the foot, he told Collier there was a large amount of gun powder on the foot and that he had been shot point blank.
After the deputy talked to Collier’s sister in private and told her she could be charged with obstructing official business if she didn’t tell the truth, she reportedly told them that since Collier was a convicted felon, he didn’t want to be caught with a weapon, so they told that story.
At that point the deputy said Collier started yelling and telling him he wanted to talk to him. That was when, according to the report, Collier admitted accidentally shooting himself in the foot and said he didn’t want to go to jail. The report said the case will be sent to the Prosecutor’s Office at a later date.
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