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A man who reportedly shot himself in the leg at his Calverton home has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon.

Police said Vincent Coakley, 60, of Fresh Pond Avenue was in possession of an unregistered revolver at his home today. Coakley was ineligible to own any firearm due to a prior criminal conviction, police said.

Coakley’s wife called police at about 2:18 a.m. today to report that her husband had accidentally shot himself while handling a firearm, according to a police press release.

Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps responded and treated Coakley at the scene for a gunshot wound to his lower right leg, then transported him to Peconic Bay Medical Center.

Coakley will be arraigned in his hospital room today on Criminal Possession of a Firearm in the Second Degree and Criminal Possession of a Firearm in the Third Degree, police said.


Editor’s note: A criminal charge is an accusation. A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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