Man charged in gun cleaning mishap

A Grand Junction man who accidentally discharged a handgun as he was cleaning it, firing a bullet through his wall and inside a neighboring home, was arrested Monday on suspicion of a variety charges related to the incident.

Devin James, 22, was jailed Monday on a Grand Junction police warrant for illegal discharge of a firearm, possession of a handgun by a prior offender, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief, in connection with a Dec. 22 shooting call handled by police at a home in the 400 block of Broken Arrow Drive. James has since posted bond.

A couple who lives in the area phoned 911 the afternoon of Dec. 22, saying they were sitting in their living room watching a Denver Broncos game when they heard a pop, “and saw magnets and pictures that were on the refrigerator’s door ‘fly off,’” according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

They opened the refrigerator and saw a hole in the back, and behind that, another hole in the wall, the affidavit said. While passing through the refrigerator, taking out a cider jug in the process, the bullet struck the couple’s kitchen counter, ricocheted and hit the ceiling.

Nobody was injured.

In a neighboring home, two witnesses told officers James was cleaning a 9-mm handgun, when he pulled the “silver thing” back and it discharged. James has a prior felony conviction and, at the time of the incident, was free on bond after an arrest on a drug possession charge, according to the affidavit.


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