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Getty file photo  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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Credit: Scott Barbour

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A Central Florida man was taken to the hospital on Saturday after deputies said he shot himself while cleaning a handgun, but did not notice the wound for three days.

Michael Blevins, 37, was cleaning a .22 caliber pistol in his Deltona-area living room on Thursday and held the gun to his chest in order to keep it away from the dog, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. When he stood up, he felt a pain, which caused his back to give out and made him fall to the ground, deputies said.

Blevins told deputies that he “heard a loud gunshot and then (he) hit his face against the edge of a glass coffee table.” After getting up from the fall, Blevins said he did not have any pain other than above his left eyebrow, which is where he hit the table.

At the time of the incident, Blevins said he was wearing a black, long-sleeve shirt and did not notice the bullet wound until three days later when he changed into a new shirt and saw the blood stains, the Daytona Beach News-Journal added. There was both an entrance and exit wound in his arm with a small amount of blood, deputies said.

He was treated and discharged from the hospital and deputies said they determined the shooting was an accident.

Read more at the Daytona Beach News-Journal.