June 21, 2018
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Wiscasset man hospitalized Wednesday after telling police he accidentally shot himself

By Beth Brogan, BDN Staff

WISCASSET, Maine — A 49-year-old Wiscasset man who told police early Wednesday morning that he’d accidentally shot himself Tuesday afternoon was taken by LifeFlight of Maine helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, where he was in surgery later Wednesday.

Daniel Reed, 49, was seated in a recliner in the living room of his Gardiner Road home when Wiscasset police, fire and ambulance personnel arrived at approximately 2:35 a.m. Wednesday, Wiscasset Police Chief Troy Cline said in a release.

Reed told police that he had accidentally fired a .22 caliber TALA semiautomatic pistol and wounded himself approximately 11 hours earlier while “messing around” with it, Cline told the Bangor Daily News.

Police said the round entered the left side of Reed’s chest just beneath his breast bone, and exited through his back.

After being transported to CMMC by LifeFlight, he was in surgery late Wednesday morning.

Police said the gun was secured and held for safekeeping. No investigation will take place because Reed told police he was alone at the time of the incident.

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