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Accidental gunshot leads to foot injury, drug arrest for city man

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A Cortland man faces several charges after shooting himself in the foot during a domestic dispute on Saturday (September 11).

City police were called to an apartment on Elm Street at about 5 am.

Upon arrival, they were met by a 42 year old woman outside the residence.

Inside, 36-year-old Darris McDowell was seated and bleeding from an apparent gunshot wound to his left foot. He initially claimed that an unknown gunman had entered his home unannounced and shot him while he was laying on the couch.

Investigators were eventually able to determine the shot came from McDowell, himself, during an argument with the 42-year-old woman.

Officers then conducted a search of the residence and found a significant quantity of cocaine, as well as scales and packaging materials.

Following treatment for his injury at Crouse Hospital, McDowell was charged with;

  • Menacing in the Second Degree (M)
  • Reckless Endangerment in the Second Degree (M)
  • Criminal Possession of a Firearm (F)
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (F)
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree (F)
  • 2 Counts of Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia in the Second Degree (M)

He is currently being held at CPD awaiting arraignment.

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