Man accidentally shoots himself in the buttocks while watching TV in Maine camp

Posted Aug. 14, 2012, at 3:20 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 14, 2012, at 3:48 p.m.

ROME, Maine — A New Hampshire man shot himself in the buttocks while watching television at a friend’s camp Friday evening, police said Tuesday.

Kyle Bassler, 20, is expected to make a full recovery according to Deputy Chief Everett Flannery of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Department.

Flannery said Bassler was watching TV with friends at the camp when the gun accidentally went off.

“He had the holster in his backside,” said Flannery. “It went off and he had to go to the hospital.”

Police weren’t notified of the incident until Bassler was taken to the emergency room, Flannery said. Bassler had been hunting a squirrel outside the camp, and put his .22-caliber handgun inside the holster in his backside upon going inside to watch TV.

Bassler was treated and released at Inland Hospital in Waterville. Flannery said no charges will be filed.

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