Elmhurst PD: Suspect accidentally shot self with stolen gun

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The main entrance to the Elmhurst Police Station is seen. (Elmhurst Titan file photo)

ELMHURST – For one Chicago man, a visit to Elmhurst turned into a sequence of unpleasant events, police say – culminating in his arrest.

A news release from the Elmhurst Police Department describes the sequence of Mickiel J. Smith’s unfortunate Sunday night. The 18-year-old was sitting in a vehicle parked in the 200 block of Clinton Avenue in Elmhurst about 10 p.m. Feb. 12 when the gun he was holding discharged, shooting him in the thigh, police said.

Smith subsequently found his way to Gottleib Hospital in Melrose Park, and staff there contacted the Elmhurst Police Department. There, police say they learned the details behind Smith’s injury and, when they located the weapon, determined that it had been reported stolen during a residential burglary in Hillside.

After Smith was treated and released from the hospital, he was charged with unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a firearm without a FOID card; he was then released on bond.

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