Jerry Moore, chief of administration for the Chelan County Sheriff's Office, said Darrel Elam, 52, of Snohomish moved his .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun to his pocket from its holster Saturday to see if it would be more comfortable for hiking, The Wenatchee (Wash.) World reported Wednesday.
However, Elam instead found himself with intense discomfort when the weapon discharged and entered his leg through his left buttock, stopping just above his knee, Moore said.
A spokeswoman for Central Washington Hospital said Elam was treated and released.
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