- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 21, 2018

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Police say a 30-year-old Omaha, Nebraska, man accidentally shot his pinky finger after falling asleep holding his new handgun.

The Omaha World-Herald reports the accident happened early Tuesday. Police say the man told officers he was sitting on a couch in his house when he “must have fallen asleep” holding his newly-purchased 9 mm pistol in his right hand. He told officers he awoke around 4:30 a.m. to a loud bang and realized he had shot his left pinky finger.

The man’s wife and children were asleep at the time and weren’t hurt. The man was taken to a hospital where he was told the wound would require surgery.

Police cited the man on suspicion having an unregistered firearm and unlawful discharge of a firearm.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com

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