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Tonsler Park shooting that left man injured deemed accidental and self-inflicted

Charlottesville police were dispatched to the vicinity of Tonsler Park Wednesday night after reports of gunfire, an investigation that intensified about an hour later when a man with a gunshot wound sought treatment at University of Virginia Medical Center.

However, it turned out that despite the man’s initial assertions, it was a self-inflicted, accidental gunshot wound, according to city police spokesman Kyle Ervin.

"He ended up telling the truth after the fact," Ervin told The Daily Progress. "He was manipulating the weapon in his vehicle and ended up accidentally shooting himself."

Police reported their first visit to Tonsler Park occurred around 10:12 p.m. on a report of audible gunfire. Police returned at 11:30 p.m. after the man appeared with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his leg at UVa Medical Center, according to a police statement.

Ervin said the injury to the man’s leg was minor and that he was unaware whether the man would bear any consequences for his initial claim.

"The guy just had an accident," said Ervin.


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