Police Identify Person Killed in Accidental Shooting

Police have identified the man who accidentally shot himself in the chest in Hartford early Saturday morning and died of his injuries, police said.

According to Hartford Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley, Wesley McPherson, 37, of South Norwalk, apparently shot himself while showing off a gun to friends at 27 Barnard Street. Police received a 911 call about the incident and responded at 1:45 a.m. on Saturday.

The victim's friends and Hartford officers performed CPR until medics arrived and rushed him to Hartford Hospital. Police said the victim was pronounced dead around 2:25 a.m.

Detectives with the Hartford Police Department Major Crimes Division are investigating and interviewing witnesses. They recovered the firearm at the scene.

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