Repair shop employee charged with accidentally shooting coworker


Police in Fairfield, Conn., have charged a man with accidentally shooting a coworker at the American Custom motorcycle repair shop.

Authorities say Byron Bigelow, 21, of Bridgeport, took the handgun to work at the store and was showing it to a coworker when another walked in and told him to put it away. The pistol accidentally went off, and the shot hit the second coworker in the chest, according to local reports.

Bigelow took the victim to the hospital for treatment and explained the accident to investigators, according to The Daily Fairfield.

Bigelow has been charged with first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, unlawful discharge of a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit, possession of weapons in a motor vehicle. He was released on a $25,000 bond and will face charges in court on Nov. 7.

The victim was conscious and in stable condition but required surgery at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport to remove the bullet from his chest.

Posted by Holly Wagner

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