Cop: Man, banned from having guns, accidently shoots himself

April 25, 2019

HARTFORD - A Main Street man, who tried to blame a self-inflicted gunshot wound on an “unknown assailant,” was arrested after investigators found nearby surveillance video showing he accidentally shot himself with a gun he wasn’t supposed to have, according to police.

Christopher Ryan, 56, called 911 on April 13 to report he had been shot. Emergency responders found him in the parking of his address with a “hrough and through” gunshot wound to the leg, police said.

Ryan, who has criminal convictions barring him from possessing a firearm, initially told police he was shot by an “unknown assailant.”

But his “inconsistent” accounts of what happened led investigators to seek surveillance videos which showed that he had accidentally shot himself while improperly handling a gun while exiting his vehicle in the parking lot of his apartment building, police said.

Ryan then went upstairs and hid the gun in his apartment before coming back out and calling 911 to report he had been shot, police said.

After being confronted with the video, Ryan turned over his .32 caliber handgun and the spent bullet casing that he hid after shooting himself, police said.

He was charged by warrant Wednesday with criminal possession of a firearm and carrying a pistol without a permit.

Ryan was held on $200,000 bond until his arraignment which is expected to take place Thursday in Hartford Superior Court.