A Brandon woman was shot accidentally in the buttocks with a stolen revolver, police say.
The revolver used, a .22 calibre Smith and Wesson, was the same one stolen from an RM of Whitehead police vehicle, although it was the officer's personal weapon and not an official police gun.
Brandon police said yesterday that they suspected the 19-year-old victim had been shot, after they were called to the 600-block of 22nd Street just past midnight on Wednesday night. She was taken to hospital where an X-ray revealed the bullet lodged inside. She's since been released.
The woman, one of three tenants in the home, had apparently been in some kind of an altercation with another tenant, a 29-year-old man, during which she was assaulted.
Afterwards, the man was in another room with the stolen gun when he apparently mishandled it, sending a bullet through the wall and hitting the woman in the buttocks.
After ensuring that the victim was taken to hospital, police got a seach warrant for the home and found the gun, some ammunition and pepper spray.
They were quickly able to trace the gun as the one that had been stolen from an RM of Whitehead police vehicle earlier this month. The vehicle, which had itself been stolen, had already been found, but the gun was missing from inside.
The 29-year-old suspect has been charged with multiple charges related to the shooting, including possession of a weapon obtained by crime, careless use of a firearm, possession of a restricted firearm and ammunition, two counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm as well as domestic assault and a breach of an undertaking — he allegedly intoxicated at the time, despite court orders. He remains in currently in custody and is to appear in court today for a bail hearing.
Police say that they continue to investigate the shooting, as well as the police vehicle theft, and even more charges may be pending.