Handgun

This handgun, a CPX-2 9 mm, made by SCCY Firearms, is the model that an Omaha man fell asleep holding. He awoke early Tuesday after he shot his pinky. 

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.

Kevin Cole covers Omaha crime and public safety news. Follow him on Twitter @KevinColeOmaha. Phone: 402-444-1272.

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