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Man 'absent-mindedly' loads gun, shoots self in leg, police say

A man was treated at a local hospital Monday after he "absent-mindedly" shot himself in the leg, police said.
A man was treated at a local hospital Monday after he "absent-mindedly" shot himself in the leg, police said.
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SALT LAKE CITY — A man was treated at a local hospital Monday after he "absent-mindedly" shot himself in the leg, police said.

A man in his mid-20s was watching a movie in his house near 800 North and 900 West about 5:20 a.m. and "dry firing" his Glock handgun, meaning he was pulling the trigger but the weapon was unloaded, said Salt Lake police detective Greg Wilking.

At some point, the man told police he "absent-mindedly" put a magazine into the gun and pulled the trigger again. This time, a round was fired into his leg, Wilking said.

The man's injury was not life-threatening.

Wilking said there were no initial signs of drugs or alcohol being factors in the accidental shooting.