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Shot Himself While Picture Taking Charges

(La Porte, IN) - Charges have been filed against a man who accidentally shot himself while apparently trying to take a picture of himself with a gun in La Porte.


Majestic Porter, 20, 1202 Clay Street, is charged with Level 6 felony criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and Class B misdemeanor false informing.


According to court documents, responding officers on August 22 found Porter outside his residence with a gunshot wound to his left hand.


Initially, Porter told investigators he was purchasing marijuana when the armed drug dealer tried robbing him and then shot him, according to court documents.  


During the investigation, police suspected his story did not add up and learned Porter actually shot himself in the house.


When confronted at the hospital by detectives, police said Porter explained he was taking pictures while holding the gun in the bathroom. He said he was pulling the gun from his waistband and believed he had ahold of the barrel when the firearm went off.


According to court records, Porter was given a one-year, mostly suspended jail sentence last year on a battery charge related to an encounter with police.


According to court records, he was also given a similar sentence last year for fraud.

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