BANGOR, Maine — A man living in Pray’s Trailer Park on Finson Road told police that he accidentally fired a visiting friend’s 9mm handgun on Sunday, sending a bullet into a neighboring trailer.
“He [said he] was checking the trigger system and the gun did go off,” Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Wednesday. “He didn’t know it was loaded.”
Lawrence Clarke, 38, who originally told police a different story, was summoned Wednesday on charges of discharging a firearm within 100 yards of a dwelling and reckless conduct, Edwards said.
Clarke told police at first that he was using a “bullet separator to separate the bullet so he could reuse the powder,” Edwards said.
After giving Officer George Spencer a demonstration of what he said he was doing, the officer was skeptical because the trajectory of the bullet and where Clarke said he was located didn’t match, the sergeant said.
“He [Spencer] just knew it could not have happened the way this guy said,” Edwards said.
Clarke was re-interviewed and he confessed to shooting his friend’s gun.
“It did go through his trailer and into the next,” Edwards said. No one was injured in the shooting.
A woman living next door heard a loud sound at about 1:15 p.m. Sunday and found a hole in a window that faces Clarke’s residence.
“She thought maybe someone threw a rock,” Edwards said.
She woke up her husband, who was in the other end of their trailer and didn’t hear the noise, and he called police.
The couple showed Spencer the hole and he found damage from the bullet in a picture hung on the opposite wall, Edwards said.
The bullet “ended up being found on the kitchen floor later in the day,” Edwards said.