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Peekskill Cops: Gun Discharges While Man, 88, Cleans It

The 88-year-old man arrested Monday by Peekskill police was cleaning his gun when it went off, police said.
The 88-year-old man arrested Monday by Peekskill police was cleaning his gun when it went off, police said. Photo Credit: Art Cusano

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- The 88-year-old Peekskill resident arrested Monday for discharging a weapon was simply cleaning it, police said.

Officers responded to the Hampton Oaks Apartments on Oakwood Drive for a possible shot fired at approximately 3:52 p.m. to find an 88-year-old man, who was detained and transported to police headquarters for questioning.

It appears the man was performing maintenance on his .22-caliber rifle when it accidentally discharged. The round went through a sheet rock wall dividing his and a neighboring apartment. The neighboring apartment was occupied but no one was injured, police said.

The rifle has been recovered and a review of charges will continue to be discussed with the Westchester County District Attorney's Office.

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