Police say bullet fired without gun, struck man in face

Police say a bullet fired and struck a man in his cheek. However, it wasn't a gun that shot the bullet. (SBG photo)

EUGENE, Ore. – Police say a man is recovering at RiverBend Hospital after a bizarre accident Sunday morning.

Eugene Police said around 11:30 a.m., the man was standing on Highway 99N in Eugene, holding a bullet in his hand when it discharged and struck his left cheek.

The strange thing is, there was no gun involved.

Police said they are unsure how the .22 caliber bullet fired.

They said if you hit the back of a bullet hard enough, it has the potential of discharging.

“This is what happens when people handle ammunition and they shouldn't be. This is part of the reason they tell parents to keep ammunition out of the hands of kids, ‘cause things can happen,” said Sgt. Dale Dawson from the Eugene Police Department.

The man was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Dawson said the bullet wound is not life-threatening.

Police did not release the man’s identity, but they did say he is in his 60s.

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