Police: Man playing with gun shoots TV; bullet goes into nearby home

Police: Man playing with gun shoots TV; bullet goes into nearby home

SALEM, Ore. -- Police said a Salem man who had been drinking while playing with a gun ended up shooting his own television.

The incident happened just before midnight July 14 in the 4000 block of Cranston Street Southeast in Salem. Steve Birr of the Salem Police Department said Robert Edward Walters, 54, was entertaining himself and his dog with a laser scope on his gun. He eventually pointed it at someone on the television and pulled the trigger, forgetting the gun was loaded.

The bullet went through the wall into an adjacent home where five people were. One of those residents then called police.

Walters was charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm and five counts of reckless endangering.