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Police: Concord man who shot himself appeared to be sleepwalking

A Concord man who accidentally shot himself early this morning may have been sleepwalking at the time, according to the police.

The man, whose name has not been released because he is not facing charges, was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and remains there this morning, according to Concord police Chief John Duval.

Duval said officers were dispatched to the Wilfred Avenue home at about 12:32 a.m. after the man’s wife reported he had shot himself in the knee. The woman told the police that he appeared to be sleepwalking at the time and woke up when the gun went off.

The matter remains under investigation but Duval said he doesn’t expect charges will be filed. He said that with any shooting, the police must be able to show that the shooter’s intent for charges to be warranted.

“This is a good opportunity to remind our citizens of safe storage of weapons and other practices,” Duval said. “If this is an accident, accidents do happen.”

(Tricia L. Nadolny can be reached at 369-3306 or tnadolny@cmonitor.com or on Twitter at @tricia_nadolny.)

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