A 10-year-old boy was hospitalized in Bemidji for a gunshot wound he suffered after discovering an unsecured handgun in the family’s home.

According to the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called at 5:42 p.m. Wednesday to the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center emergency room. Their investigation revealed that the boy accidentally shot himself with a .22-caliber handgun. An arrest was made, and criminal charges with the Beltrami County Attorney’s Office are pending.

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