( 4UMF NEWS ) Man Shoots Himself, Doesn’t Notice Until Days Later:
It took two days for Michael Blevins to notice the bullet holes in his arm. Only after changing shirts did he see stains from blood seeping through the fabric.
Sheriff’s deputies later determined that Blevins, 37, accidentally shot himself while cleaning a handgun in the living room of his Florida home, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.
Blevins stood up while cleaning the .22 caliber pistol before feeling his back “lock up,” according to deputies’ report. Blevins had suffered a back injury before. Still took medicine for it.
The sharp pain caused Blevins’ back to give out. He fell face-down into the edge of a glass coffee table, according to the News-Journal.
Then he heard a gunshot.
But where did the bullet go? Besides a cut above his left eyebrow from the coffee table, he felt nothing.
(Blevins later told deputies that his back medicine possibly numbed him from feeling pain from the accident, even pain from a bullet wound, the News-Journal reported.)
For two days, Blevins went about his business as normal.
It was on the third day that Blevins took off his shirt. The shirt was black, a long-sleeved one, the kind that hides blood stains from bullet wounds should one ever shoot one’s self by accident, the newspaper reported.
Then he put on a light brown shirt, noticed his own blood and found the injury: Blevins could see where the bullet entered his left arm and where it exited, according to the News-Journal. It had cauterized, deputies later recounted, and was barely bleeding.
After Blevins was discharged from Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City, deputies escorted him home in nearby Deltona.
“An investigation was conducted, and the shooting was deemed accidental,” the report read. “Case is closed.”
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