Police: Delivery man facing charges after accidentally shooting self
FAIRFIELD — A delivery man who shot himself with his own gun is now facing charges, police said.
Timothy Frey, 24, who drove for Wings Over Fairfield, allegedly shot himself in the stomach while cleaning his six-shot revolver outside the Black Rock Turnpike restaurant on Oct. 9. Frey, who lives on Haviland Drive in Trumbull, turned himself in at headquarters Sunday afternoon.
He was charged with illegal discharge of a firearm, carrying a dangerous weapon and first-degree reckless endangerment.
According to police, a restaurant employee heard a loud bang, and then saw Frey in the back door. Frey allegedly said, “Help, I accidentally shot myself.” Frey, who did not a have a permit for the gun, had apparently been told by restaurant management that he was not to bring the gun inside because of previous reckless behavior with it. One time, police were told, Frey was spinning the loaded gun around on a his index finger, like one sees in cowboy movies. Another time, he was cleaning the loaded gun, just like he was doing the night he was shot.
Police found a can of WD-40 outside the restaurant’s back door, along with a damp, dirty rag. Although he refused to answer officers’ questions, Frey allegedly told them he was alone and the only one involved.
He also has a pending charge from Bridgeport police for carrying a dangerous weapon. Frey’s gun was seized by Fairfield police.
Frey was held in lieu of $15,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Bridgeport on Nov. 15.