Woman accidentally shoots herself in Middlefield

State Police say 24-year-old Britny Koba accidentally shot herself at this intersection while trying to unload a gun inside her car. (WTNH / Josh Scheinblum)


MIDDLEFIELD, Conn. (WTNH)– A woman is recovering from a gunshot wound after she accidentally shot herself while trying to unload her gun Thursday night.

Around 8:10 p.m., State Police Troop F responded to the intersection of Kickapoo Road and Palisades Road on a report of an accidental firearm discharge with someone injured. When troopers arrived on the scene, they found the victim, 24-year-old Britny Koba, suffering from a gunshot wound to her leg.

Koba told police she was attempting to unload her gun in her car. While attempting to unload the gun, a 9 millimeter round was accidentally discharged, going through Koba’s left leg.

Why the Virginia woman was in the area is still being looked in to, but investigators believe as far as the shot is concerned, it was an accident. However, Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance says charges could be filed against Koba.

“The possibility exists,” said Lt. Vance. “The victim is from Virginia Beach, Va. and we again have to establish ownership of that weapon; we’ve got to ensure that this individual was in possession of the proper permit to be able to carry that weapon.”

Sharon Grant, who lives on Kickapoo Road, says emergency personnel shut down a section of her neighborhood as they worked the scene.

“We had gone out to our family for dinner and we came back about nine o’clock and they would not let us come home,” said Grant.

What their investigation might uncover is unknown, but people like Grant say it’s their hope that what happened on Christmas Day 2014 near her home is a one time occurrence.

“I’ve never heard of that,” said Grant. “I’m really surprised there was a gun up there.”

Koba was taken to Hartford Hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening. State police are continuing their investigation.

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