resident was arrested Monday on a charge criminal recklessness after
Chesterton Police said that a round from a firearm which he accidentally
discharged in his apartment narrowly missed striking a toddler in an
police, at 6:37 p.m. officers responded to an apartment building in the 100
block of South Jackson Blvd. after a resident reported that her “Neighbor
shot a gun through the wall and almost hit her 3-year-old child.”
On their arrival,
one of the officers made contact with Samuel Duley, 22, of 114 S. Jackson
Blvd., as he was exiting his apartment. Duley promptly stated, “I was
cleaning my gun and totally made a huge mistake. There’s no other way to put
it, I made a huge mistake. I can’t believe I did this.”
police that he was cleaning his rifle, chambered for .223 caliber
ammunition, and that “he pulled the trigger as he was getting ready to ‘pop
the pins’ to fully disassemble the rifle,” at which time the round in the
chamber discharged and hit his wall at a height of roughly 22 inches off the
Duley added that
“typically he doesn’t store his gun with a round in the chamber” but that he
“must have spaced out,” police said.
A second officer at
the scene subsequently determined that the round came through the wall of
the adjoining apartment approximately two and a half feet from where his
neighbor’s 3-year-old daughter was playing on the floor. The round then went
through the opposite wall and continued into the next apartment, where it
struck an entertainment stand and then lodged in a sofa on which that
apartment’s resident was resting, police said.
investigation proceeded, with Duley being interviewed at the CPD station, a
third officer succeeded in extracting the round in question from the
sofa--causing $300 in damage to the sofa--and discovered that it “appeared
to be a 9mm projectile and not a .223 caliber rife round as previously
described by (Duley),” police said.
Meanwhile, back at
the CPD station, Duley “was now stating to officers that he actually
accidentally fired a 9mm handgun, which directly contradicted his previously
made statements,” police said.
Duley--who was also
issued a citation for discharging a firearm within the Town of
Chesterton--was transported to Porter County Jail on a charge of criminal
Both the rifle and the handgun,
along with the 9mm round and a 9mm casing, were placed into evidence.