Man charged in connection with self-inflicted gunshot wound
FAIRFIELD — A man who accidentally shot himself in the butt while out to dinner in March has been charged in connection with that incident.
Michael Southmayd, 56, of Kent Avenue, Bridgeport, was charged with unlawful discharge of a gun and breach of peace when he turned himself in at police headquarters Tuesday.
The incident unfolded around 8:30 p.m. March 24 at Tazza, 116 Post Road. Southmayd was reached for his wallet when he accidentally discharged his gun, located in a holster inside the waistband of his pants. The gun was never removed from the holster. Southmayd was taken to St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport for treatment of the non-life-threatening gunshot wound.
A bullet fragment was collected from the floor.
Southmayd, who holds a valid pistol permit, had not been drinking, and had only been at the restaurant for a short time before the incident happened, according to the police report.
Southmayd was released on a promise to appear in state Superior Court in Bridgeport on May 19.