Man Arrested With Drugs, Stolen Guns After Accidental Discharge

August 30, 2018 Updated: August 30, 2018

A San Leandro man who allegedly negligently fired a gun into his downstairs neighbor’s apartment over the weekend was arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs packaged for sale, according to police.

Officers responded to the 100 blocks of Dutton Avenue around 11:30 p.m. on the night of Aug. 24, after the downstairs neighbor called the police to report that his ceiling had been damaged by gunfire.

Investigators determined that the upstairs neighbor, Minh Huynh, 29, had been handling a loaded firearm when the gun went off and the bullet went through the floor into the downstairs apartment.

They recovered the firearm in question and also found several others. Two of them turned out to be stolen, and officers also allegedly found drugs packaged for sale, drug paraphernalia and cash, police said.

Huynh was arrested on Aug. 26, and booked into Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on suspicion of felony drug and firearm offenses.

Lt. Isaac Benabou said in a statement on Aug. 28, that even when it’s an accident, negligent discharge of a firearm is still a crime.

“There are no second chances if someone’s inattention seriously injures or kills a person,” Benabou said. “We are thankful in this case that no one was hurt.”

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