Police: Man 'accidentally' shot self in face

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - A shooting victim put a gun to his face and "accidentally" shot himself, according to police. 

Officers sent a press release on Friday afternoon saying victim Brian Johnson, 19, had a small gunshot wound in his cheek. They say witnesses reported seeing Johnson "messing around" before shooting himself. 

The release says Johnson at first told his girlfriend he was a victim of a "drive-by". 

Officers say they found a handgun and bullet in the house, which was located in the 500 block of Ridgely Avenue in Springfield. They say Johnson was "belligerent" and gave them several stories before admitting to shooting himself. 

He's facing charges of reckless conduct, obstructing justice, possession of a firearm with no FOID card and unlawful use of a weapon. 

Johnson is in custody at the Sangamon County Jail. 

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