Glenwood man nearly struck by bullet after neighbor accidentally discharges gun |

Glenwood man nearly struck by bullet after neighbor accidentally discharges gun

A Glenwood Springs man faces two charges after a reportedly accidental shooting in which a bullet went into a neighboring apartment early Sunday morning and nearly struck a man who was sleeping.Christopher Alex Smith, 23, was cited for illegal discharge of a firearm and criminal mischief.Police responding to an apartment in the 700 block of Cooper Avenue reportedly found that a bullet had gone through a wall separating the two apartments, passed over the neighboring resident’s bed and stopped in a kitchen wall. It also damaged two windows.Smith told investigators the semiautomatic gun went off accidentally when he was showing it to someone.”He said he thought he cleared it (of bullets), but obviously he didn’t,” said police Lt. Bill Kimminau.Kimminau said the neighbor was roused by an unknown noise about 2:15 a.m. Sunday but didn’t realized what had caused it.”He got up, turned the TV off and went back to bed,” Kimminau said.The man called police the next morning after discovering damage the bullet had caused to the apartment.Kimminau said it appears the bullet had come within 18 to 24 inches of the top of the bed.

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