Man Arrested After Shooting Stolen Gun in Apartment


POSTED: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 9:50am

UPDATED: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 4:46pm

El Paso Police have charged 26-year old Austen Clair with one count of Discharging a Firearm in Certain Municipalities.

Officers responded to a report of an accidental discharge in the 2400 block of Mckinley on Monday afternoon.  They learned Clair had accidentally fired one round from a 45 caliber pistol inside an apartment.  The bullet struck a sliding glass door and left the apartment.  No one was hurt by the bullet and no additional damage was caused.

Police checked the serial number on the handgun and learned that it was reported stolen in the state of Washington.

Clair was booked into the El Paso County Detention Facility with a bond of $750.

Officers continue to investigate the stolen firearm.  Clair could face additional charges.

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