Western Montana Crime News

Nov 23, 2013 7:07 PM by KPAX News Staff

University Village gun incident leads to charges

MISSOULA - A 59-year-old man who accidentally fired a gun in his apartment at the University Village in Missoula on Friday evening is facing charges.

The University of Montana Office of Public Safety charged him Saturday morning with discharging a firearm within city limits after the incident.

The man, who reported the incident to authorities said he was cleaning a .308 rifle when it accidentally discharged.

A bullet went through the wall into an adjoining apartment, which was empty because the neighbors were moving, UM Police Capt. Ben Gladwin said, adding that no one was hurt.

The man, who works for UN, and is also a part-time student, said the firearm was owned by his brother, Gladwin said.

UM policy restricts the possession and use of firearms on campus to law enforcement officers.

Students living in residence halls must store them in the UM Police weapons storage room, while University Village residents must register their firearms with Villages management and may store them in their living quarters.

The guns and ammunition must be kept in a secure area, be concealed from view and not be accessible by children, according to a news release.

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