Thea Digiammerino

Man Shot Himself With Illegally-Possessed Gun Then Lied About It: Police

A Hartford man faces charges after police say he shot himself in the leg by accident and then lied to police about it.

Police said they were called to 2197 Main St. around 4 p.m. on April 13 for a gunshot victim. They found 56-year-old Christopher Ryan with a gunshot wound to the leg. According to police, Ryan told them he did not know who shot him.

During the investigation police found surveillance footage that showed Ryan accidentally shot himself while getting out of a vehicle. Police said he then hid the gun, a .32 caliber handgun, in his apartment then called 911.

Ryan was charged with criminal possession of a firearm and carrying a pistol without a permit. He was held on a $200,000 bond and is due in court Thursday.

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