A 31-year-old man was charged with reckless endangerment after shooting himself in the hand when he thought someone was breaking into his apartment.
Steven Belske, of Stamford, was arrested around 4:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 30, after police responded to his apartment on Hoyt Street near the Stamford Police department for a report of a man who had shot himself, said Stamford Police Sgt. Robert Shawinsky.
When officers arrived on the scene, they found blood in the apartment and Belske with wounds to his left hand, Shawinsky said.
Belske told officers that he thought he heard a noise in the apartment and grabbed his gun to investigate and that as he was loading his .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol, it fired, with the bullet striking him in his left index and middle finger, Shawinsky said.
"He had just gotten out of the service and must have still been sleeping with one eye open on the ready," Shawinsky said.
Belske was taken to Stamford Hospital where he received several stitches in his hand. Police did not find anyone in the apartment.
When Belske fired the gun, after the bullet hit his hand it traveled through a wall and into the neighboring apartment. Officers found the bullet in a closet. No one in the apartment was injured.
Belske was also charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm. He was released on a promise to appear ticket.
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