Police investigate accidental shooting

Detectives from the Columbus Police Department are investigating an accidental shooting.

Columbus police were called to the 300 block of Cleveland Street about a person that had been shot at about 10 a.m. Monday, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman. When the officers arrived, they located Michael A. Sporleder, a 69 year old Columbus resident, unresponsive in the living room.

He was later pronounced dead at the scene. A family member inside the home said Sporleder was attempting to clean a 9 mm handgun when it discharged, striking him.

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