Cops: man who shot himself in the leg faces weapons charges

A man who allegedly shot himself in the leg at his Calverton home has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon.

Police said Vincent Coakley, 60, of Fresh Pond Avenue was in possession of an unregistered gun at his home today. Coakley was not allowed to own a gun due to a previous criminal conviction, police said.

Coakley’s wife called police around 2:18 a.m. today to report that her husband had accidentally shot himself while handling a gun, according to a police press release.

The Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps responded and treated Coakley at the scene for a gunshot wound to the lower right leg, then transported him to Peconic Bay Medical Center.

Coakley will be arraigned in his hospital room today for criminal possession of a second degree firearm and felony possession of a third degree firearm, police said.

EEditor’s Note: A criminal charge is a charge. A person accused of a crime is presumed innocent unless his guilt is proven by a court.

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