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Albany man cleaning rifle fires bullet into apartment
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Albany man cleaning rifle fires bullet into apartment

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An Albany man cleaning his rifle accidentally fired a gunshot into a neighbor’s apartment in the 1700 block of Pine Meadows Drive S.E. at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday and was arrested by police.

“It pretty much just scared us,” said Natalie Oeder. Her family heard a loud pop, went to investigate, and found a small hole in one bedroom wall and a .22 caliber bullet lodged in another.

She said she felt fortunate that no one was hurt and that she, her husband and her 12-year-old daughter were all in the living room when the bullet penetrated her residence.

Adan Martinez-Perez, 32, was arrested on charges of altering the identification of a firearm and three counts of reckless endangering.

He was released from the Linn County Jail without posting bail and scheduled to appear in court on March 25.

Martinez-Perez told police that he was cleaning a rifle and he didn’t know why it discharged, said Detective Lt. Travis Giboney.

He also had a Glock pistol with a serial number that had been removed, Giboney added. Those two firearms and another pistol were seized by officers.

Giboney urged residents to make sure their guns were unloaded before cleaning them.

This is the second accidental gunshot by an Albany resident cleaning a firearm this week.

On Monday, A 30-year-old cleaning his pistol accidentally shot himself in the hand. The man had removed the magazine from the handgun, but did not clear a round from the chamber, according to police reports. 

Kyle Odegard can be reached at kyle.odegard@lee.net, 541-812-6077 or via Twitter @KyleOdegard. 

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