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Waiting With Rifle, Man Sneezes, Falls, Shoots Himself

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Raccoon (Sven Hoppe/DPA/Getty Images)

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Police in Connecticut say an 81-year-old man who was lying in wait with a rifle for a pesky raccoon accidentally shot himself after sneezing and falling from a chair.

New Haven police say James Pace Sr. shot himself in the shin at his home Saturday night. The injury wasn’t life-threatening.

Pace told authorities that a raccoon had been scratching at his back door for several days and he was waiting for it with a .22-caliber rifle. Police say he sneezed and fell from his chair, then realized he had accidentally shot himself.

Pace’s son drove him to Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Police detectives seized the rifle and are investigating the incident.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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