DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police say a man who reported being shot in a drive-by shooting later admitted he had shot himself in the leg while cleaning a rifle.
The Des Moines Register reports that police were called to the 22-year-old man’s home around 4 a.m. Tuesday. Arriving officers found the man lying on a couch with a gunshot wound to this thigh.
The officers say the man initially told them that someone shot at him three times from a car while he was at a nearby park. But the officers say his story continued to change. When officers searched his bedroom, they found blood on his sheets and several firearms, including a .22 rifle.
Officers say he later admitted accidentally shooting himself.
Police say officers took the firearms for safekeeping.
Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com