Charges: Man who said black man shot him outside of a bar actually shot himself

The man accidentally shot himself outside of a bar.
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A Waseca, Minnesota, man told police a black man shot him, but it turns out he lied to cover up the fact he actually shot himself, charges say.

Christopher Thissen, 33, was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm and falsely reporting a crime in connection to the March 3 shooting.

The incident occurred outside Dog Pound Bar in Owatonna.

According to the criminal complaint:

Police responded to the bar around 12:44 a.m. on a report of someone being shot. Thissen, who had been shot in the arm, told police a woman and a black man were arguing in the parking lot and the man had a gun.

Thissen said ended up getting in an altercation with the man, and when he went to grab the gun it went off. Then the woman and the man took off running.

Officials looked at surveillance video from the area, which didn't show anyone who matched the descriptions Thissen gave of the suspects. Then, when investigators interviewed Thissen again, he gave an inconsistent story.

When searching Thissen's vehicle, which had been left at the bar the night of the shooting, they found a "small, black-colored revolver" in the backseat. One fired casing remained in the gun.

Thissen then admitted he went to his car at bar close and found the gun. He was holding the gun with the barrel towards him and began to "cycle the firearm to see if it was loaded."

That's when his thumb slipped and he shot himself in the arm.

Thissen then told investigators he made up the story about the man shooting him.

If convicted, Thissen could face up to two years in prison for the discharging a firearm charge and 90 days in jail for falsely reporting a crime.

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