Police: Felon accidentally shoots his leg, shatters femur

Police suspect a convicted felon accidentally shot himself in the leg in his south Wichita home early Thursday morning, meaning he’s facing a trip to jail once he gets out of the hospital.

The 18-year-old man was found on the floor of his bedroom by his father at about 12:20 a.m. Thursday in their house in the 3400 block of South Glenn, Lt. Doug Nolte said. That’s southeast of Meridian and 31st Street South.

He claimed he had been shot by a stranger while walking, Nolte said, but police found no evidence to substantiate the story.

Investigation indicates “the gunshot wound was most likely self-inflicted,” Nolte said.

The shot from an undisclosed handgun shattered his right femur. He was taken to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis, where he is awaiting surgery.

The father told police he never heard a gunshot, Nolte said. Police have obtained a search warrant for the house where he lives. No gun has yet been recovered, Nolte said.

The victim will be booked into jail on suspicion of a felon in possession of a firearm, Nolte said.