Jasper — A man accidentally discharged a .40 caliber handgun he was carrying in his pocket at the Jasper Walmart Supercenter Sunday morning.
Police were dispatched to the store at 10:28 a.m. for the report of a gunshot in the store. When police arrived they determined that a handgun was accidentally discharged in the front portion of the store.
Kenneth D. Pirtle, 65, Dale, told police he was carrying the .40 caliber handgun in his front pocket and it had discharged when he reached into the pocket to retrieve something. The bullet exited Pirtle’s pant leg and struck the vinyl/concrete floor in the store causing it to ricochet up and become lodged in a wall.
No one was struck by the round.
Pirtle suffered minor injuries to his leg from the dicharge but refused medical treatment. He was charged with criminal recklessness with a firearm.
According to police, Pirtle had other items in his pocket that may have played a factor in the handgun accidentally discharging.
The incident is still under investigation.