A 30-year-old Omaha man accidentally shot his pinky finger early Tuesday after falling asleep holding his new handgun.
The man, who lives near 60th and L Streets, told police he was sitting on a couch in his house when he "must have fallen asleep" holding his newly purchased 9 mm pistol in his right hand. His wife and kids were asleep in their bedrooms at the time, according to a police report.
He told officers he was awakened about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday by a loud bang. He soon realized he had shot his left pinky finger.
The man's wife drove him to Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy for treatment. Doctors told the police officers who came to the hospital around 5:30 a.m. that the wound would require surgery.
Police cited the man on suspicion of being in possession of an unregistered firearm and unlawful discharge of a firearm.
The man told police he had just bought the gun at a sporting goods store.
The man declined to comment Wednesday when contacted by phone.