Smyrna man charged with illegal gun possession after shooting himself


SMYRNA ā€” A 56-year-old Smyrna man is facing 13 charges after accidentally shooting himself while unloading a firearm on Nov. 14, police said in an arrest affidavit.

Theodore W. Norman suffered a leg wound after the gun discharged, according to Clayton Police, and was transported to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital in Dover and then Christiana Hospital in Newark for medical treatment.

As police located the involved firearm in Mr. Normanā€™s room, according to the affidavit, several other weapons were seen in the hallway and in his bedroom.

A computer check found that Mr. Norman was convicted of a felony theft charge in New Castle County in 2010 and thus prohibited from possessing any firearms.

A search warrant resulted and 10 firearms and several thousand rounds of ammunition were confiscated, Clayton Police said. A glass smoking bowl with marijuana inside and a fireworks item were also allegedly detected, police said.

A semi-automatic pistol, six rifles and three shotguns were found, according to authorities.

Charges included 11 counts of felony possession of a firearm/ammunition by person prohibited, sale or possession of fireworks and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The charges were entered into the Kent County Court of Common Pleas in Dover last Friday.

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