Monday, April 11, 2005

Vacuuming man shoots himself

A St. Cloud man received injuries to his wrist, ear and cheek after a gun he kept under his pillow discharged while he was vacuuming.

Damian Dunphy, 57, was treated at St. Cloud Hospital for the injuries, which happened about 10:15 a.m. Friday at 1621 Eighth St. S, police Sgt. Perry Beise said.

The injuries weren't believed to be life-threatening.

Dunphy normally kept the gun with the safety on and in a case halfway open under his pillow, Beise said.

Dunphy was moving the bed to clean the floors when the gun slipped out of the case and landed on the floor. The gun then discharged, hitting Dunphy in the head and wrist.

Police provided first aid to Dunphy outside his home. He was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment.

Police also took guns from Dunphy for safekeeping, Beise said.



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