Police are investigating what they believe to be an accidental shooting Friday evening when a man in the Cove shot his right hand while dismantling a semiautomatic hand gun.
Lt. Diedrich Hohn said police were called to 12 Soundview Ave. on the report of a man shooting himself.
When police arrived, they found a 34-year-old man who had blown part of his right hand off.
Hohn said the man said he did not realize that one bullet was in the chamber when he was taking the gun apart.
The slug was fired into the man's right palm and traveled under the skin, exiting through his pinky finger. The slug then went through a wall and lodged in a bedroom bureau, where it was recovered by police.
The man was taken to Stamford Hospital, where he underwent reconstructive surgery.
Hohn said police are investigating the shooting, but it appears to be an accidental discharge. The man was cooperative throughout and admitted that he made a mistake when he pulled the trigger of the gun while taking it apart, not realizing that one bullet was ready for firing in the chamber.
Hohn said the man has probably lost part or all of his pinky finger.
Police took the man's valid permit to carry a concealed handgun and seized the handgun for safekeeping, as well as a shotgun also kept in the house.
Hohn said State Police will review his permit to determine if his permit will be returned and a hearing will be held in the matter. No charges have been filed in the case.