An Omaha man told police he accidentally shot his girlfriend in the chest when she hugged him.
Talina Brye, 25, suffered an injury that was not considered life-threatening.
Her boyfriend, Clarence Wilder, 52, was charged with possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. If convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of three years in prison.
Omaha police were called to Creighton University Medical Center about 9 p.m. Sept. 22 for a walk-in shooting victim.
The shooting occurred in the laundry room at Wilder's home on John A. Creighton Boulevard near Blondo Street, police said.
Brye told officers that Wilder was holding the handgun in his hand and “screwing around” with it when the gun fired. She was struck under the right armpit, and the bullet exited out the top of her chest, police said.
Wilder was in the emergency waiting room when police first questioned him.
According to court documents, Wilder initially said Brye showed up at his front door with a towel over her chest, saying she had been shot. He said he drove her to the hospital.
Wilder later told police during questioning at Central Police Headquarters that he accidentally had shot Brye with a handgun when she hugged him.
Officers found a .25-caliber pistol and a shell casing in Wilder's home, according to a search warrant.
Wilder was convicted of a felony in 1997, making it illegal for him to be in possession of a firearm.
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