Alabama man arrested for shooting himself in chest
DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WRCB) -- A man with a history of calls to his residence involving gunfire has been arrested and charged with a felony county of discharging a gun into an occupied dwelling after he accidentally shot himself in the chest.
Back on On May 27th a few minutes past 9:00 p.m., deputies of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a mobile home on County Road 926 in the Kilpatrick community.
On their arrival, deputies discovered Jose Santiago Amaya, 29, lying in the living room floor with a single gunshot wound to the chest. Amaya was treated on the scene and was later airlifted to Huntsville Hospital where he made a full recovery.
During investigation of the shooting, the Sheriff's investigators learned that Amaya had been in a struggle with his sister as he was firing the gun inside the house. In an attempt to keep the gun muzzle pointing away from her, Amaya's sister grabbed his wrists. During their struggle, Amaya discharged the weapon, striking himself in the chest.
Based upon the evidence discovered during the investigation, the case was presented to the District Attorney's office and a warrant was issued charging Jose Santiago Amaya with discharging a gun into an occupied dwelling, which is a felony.
On June 21st, investigators from the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office arrested Amaya at his residence on County Road 926 without incident. Amaya was transported to the DeKalb County Detention Center and a detainer to commence deportation proceedings was placed on him by Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Amaya remains in jail on the warrant with bond to be set at his initial appearance and awaiting disposition of the detainer.
Sheriff Jimmy Harris said, "I'm pleased to have this matter resolved because this is not the first time that my deputies have responded to shots being fired at that residence. We are concerned any time we have gunshots in a residential community because once a gun is fired you cannot take the bullet back or change its direction of travel. Many young children reside in the immediate area along with innocent adults. I feel that the Kilpatrick area is a little safer now due to this arrest being made."