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Man cited after gun goes off in University Village apartments

Published On: Nov 23 2013 04:09:50 PM MST
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MISSOULA, Mont. -

The following information comes from Peggy Kuhr, Vice President of Integrated Communications at the University of Montana.

A 59-year-old man accidentally discharged a firearm while cleaning it at 7 p.m. Friday in his University Villages apartment. The University of Montana's Office of Public Safety charged him this morning (Saturday, Nov. 23) with discharging a firearm within city limits.

The man, who reported the incident to OPS, said he was cleaning a .308 rifle when it accidentally discharged. OPS responded immediately. A bullet went through the wall into an adjoining apartment, which was empty because the neighbors were moving, said Capt. Ben Gladwin of OPS. No one was injured.

The man, who is employed on staff at the University and a part-time student, said the firearm was owned by his brother, Gladwin said. The brother has retrieved it, Gladwin said.

University policy restricts the possession and use of firearms on campus to law enforcement officers. Students living in residence halls must store them in the OPS weapons storage room. Residents in University Villages must register their firearms with Villages management and may store them in their living quarters. Those firearms and ammunition must be kept in a secure area, concealed from view and not accessible by children.