Police: Man fires bullet into neighbor's house because that's the only way he knew to unload a gun

By Staff Reporter - 29 Sep '14 14:03PM

If a gunshot is fired into a neighbors house, it is more likely that it's an accident than anything else. However, a man in Pennsylvania is accused of shooting a bullet that broke a neighbor's window because it was the only way he knew how to unload it, according to reports.

Middletown Detective Patrick Nicastro said 31-year-old George Byrd IV of Penndel at first denied being behind the shooting but then acknowledged during his arraignment that he fired the weapon to clear the chamber because he was unfamiliar with guns, according to Bucks County Courier Times.

Authorities say Byrd allegedly fired the gun at about 12:30 p.m. Friday in the suburban Philadelphia community. There were no injuries, but the neighbor reported the incident.

He faces charges including persons not to possess firearms and discharging a firearm into an occupied structure, the Courier Times reported.

Police allegedly found several rounds of handgun ammunition on the basement floor during a sweep of Byrd's residence, the Courier Times said.

Byrd is being held in the Bucks County jail unable to post $20,000 bond. No attorney is listed on court papers.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 8.

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