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The Washington County Sheriff's Office says a 2-year-old boy was playing in the room where the bullet landed.

COURTESY PHOTO: WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE - The handgun seized for evidence by the Washington County Sheriffs Office after a man accidentally fired a gun into an apartment in the Cedar Mill neighborhood.

A man was cited after accidentally firing his gun into an occupied neighboring apartment in the Cedar Mill area.

According to a press release by the Washington County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a shooting call at the Timber Creek Apartments, 12220 N.W. Barnes Road, shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27.

Upon arrival, deputies learned that 26-year-old Brandon Brown discharged a firearm into his apartment floor. Brown's apartment is located on the building's second story, and the bullet traveled into the apartment directly below him, where it went through the mattress and box spring of a bed.

"Multiple family members were in the apartment below Mr. Brown's," said the Sheriff's Office in a statement. "After talking to the family, deputies learned a 2-year-old boy had been playing in the bedroom where the bullet landed. Fortunately, the 2-year-old boy was uninjured."

Brown told deputies he had been at a bar earlier in the night, and once he got home, he decided to clean his gun, the Sheriff's Office said.

Brown thought the gun's chamber was clear when he began cleaning it, but it was not, according to deputies. After firing the gun, Brown told deputies he immediately went to check on the family living in the apartment below him.

"Mr. Brown was visibly intoxicated and admitted to consuming a few beers at the bar before cleaning his gun," said the Sheriff's Office.

Brown was issued a citation in lieu of arrest for reckless endangering, and his handgun was seized for evidence.

"I encourage all firearm owners to exercise caution when handling a gun and treat each gun as if it was loaded," said Cpl. Dan Muehleck, the Washington County Sheriff's Office's range master.


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