- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

LANCASTER, Ohio (AP) - A civilian who accidentally fired a shot from an AR-15 rifle outside an Ohio military recruiting center while trying to guard it has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge.

Police in Lancaster say 28-year-old Christopher Reed was holding the weapon last Thursday when someone asked to look at it. As he cleared the ammunition from the rifle, he accidentally fired a shot into the pavement.

No one was injured. Police confiscated the rifle.

Reed pleaded guilty Tuesday to a count of discharging a firearm. His 30-day jail sentence was suspended.

Online court records listed no attorney for him.

Gun-toting citizens had appeared at recruiting centers around the country in a protective effort following the killing of four Marines and a sailor in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


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