Man arrested after gun goes off accidentally

BRIDGEPORT – Police arrested a city man after they said his gun went off while he was cleaning it Monday night.

Kenneth Sullivan, 23, of Midland Street, was charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, second-degree reckless endangerment and criminal mischief in the third degree. He was released after posting $1,500 bond.

Police said officers were dispatched to Sullivan’s home on a complaint of a gunshot. They said Sullivan told them he had been cleaning his handgun, which he has a valid permit for, when it went off.

The bullet pierced the wall and struck the house next door, police said. While officers were in Sullivan’s home they smelled marijuana although none was found, police said.

Police said Sullivan told them he didn’t know the gun was loaded.

Daniel Tepfer