Man Charged In Sartell Shooting

Man Charged In Sartell Shooting Click to Enlarge Photo: Stearns County Jail

(KNSI) - A Sartell man has been charged after allegedly accidentally firing a gun and hitting a man in the chest.

According to police, 23-year-old Troy Heavirland called 911 immediately to report he accidently fired the handgun on Saturday morning.

A 37-year-old man smoking a cigarette outside an apartment building in the 900 block of 7th Street North, across from the Sartell Middle School, was hit by the shot.

He went up to his apartment and his wife called 911.

According to court records, the victim suffered a fractured collarbone, fractured ribs, spleen damage, and lung damage. He underwent emergency surgery to remove part of his lung.

According to the criminal complaint, Heavirland told police he likes to "dry fire" his guns, meaning pull the trigger while the gun is unloaded.

Investigators say Heavirland didn't check to see if the gun was loaded before he pointed it out the window and pulled the trigger.

He allegedly said he didn't see anyone outside when he fired the gun, but wanted to tell police in case someone was hit.

Police say the bullet went through the victim and was found near the tennis courts across the street.

Heavirland is charged with felony reckless discharge of a gun within city limits near a school.

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