Police: man’s shooting may have been accidental

Bridgeport police

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) – Police say a man who was shot in the groin this week may have been shot accidentally.

Michael Cheever, 28, the alleged victim, has not been charged in the incident. But two other people, William Boyd, 35, and Joel Huertas, 23, were charged with third-degree assault in the incident.

Police said the incident appears to stem from an ongoing dispute in which someone stole a security box from Cheever’s home.

“Boyd stated that Cheever blames him and his friends for the theft. Boyd stated that Cheever over the last several days began carrying a gun,” police said. “In Monday’s confrontation, Boyd struck Cheever over the head with a beer bottle and Huertas punched him. Boyd stated they acted because they saw a gun in Cheever’s pocket that he was attempting to pull out. The gun, Boyd said, discharged as Cheever tried to pull it out of his pocket.”

No handgun was recovered.

The case remains under investigation and additional arrests are possible, police said.

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