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Accidental shooting

April 03, 2001

Accidental shooting



SMITHSBURG - A Smithsburg-area man accidentally shot himself in the leg Friday night, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Alba Lynn Mathias, 61, was treated at Washington County Hospital and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Mathias was getting a 9 mm handgun out of a sport utility vehicle at 21925 Durberry Road shortly before 8 p.m. when the gun almost fell out of the case, police said. Durberry Road is north of Smithsburg.

As Mathias grabbed the gun from the case his arm hit the steering wheel and he shot himself in the left thigh, police said.

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