ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — A Bar Harbor man has been hospitalized and may face charges after accidentally shooting himself Tuesday night in the park, according to Acadia’s chief ranger.
Jeffrey Malone, 27, was unloading a .22-caliber pistol at the Bear Brook Picnic Area around 8 p.m. Tuesday when the gun accidentally fired, Chief Ranger Stuart West said Wednesday.
“He was in the process of unloading it and somehow it became jammed,” West said.
As Malone sat in his parked van, trying to get the pistol unjammed, the gun discharged, firing a bullet through Malone’s right elbow, West said. No one else was in the immediate vicinity when the incident occurred, he said. Malone was able to call 911 and rangers quickly arrived at the scene.
Ranger Richard Rechholtz said Malone was taken by ambulance to MDI Hospital in Bar Harbor, where he was treated and then released Tuesday night.
Rechholtz said Malone did not have a concealed weapons permit, which is a requirement for anyone who brings a loaded weapon into the park. The pistol has been seized by rangers as evidence, he added.
Loaded weapons used to be prohibited in Acadia, but that changed last year when a new combination of federal and state laws concerning guns on federal lands went into effect.
Malone is a seasonal park service maintenance employee, Rechholtz said.
West said that aside from the concealed weapons permit issue, Malone also may face charges for discharging the weapon in the park, which is against the law.