LOGAN – A West Logan man who shot himself in the left leg while unloading a gun Monday has been charged with using weapons while intoxicated.

Ezechial Chenault, 28, of Parkway Drive, Logan, was taken to Hocking Valley Community Hospital by Hocking County EMS early Monday morning after the round entered his upper left leg and exited his upper thigh.

The round exited his body, traveled through a couch cushion, glanced across a leather boot, and hit the floor. It was found on the carpet of the home next to the boot, according to a report from the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office.

Chenault’s brother, Samuel, allegedly told HCSO deputies that his brother had been drinking and was shooting a 9 mm handgun.

Samuel told deputies that he and his wife went into their bedroom for the night when they heard what they believed was a firework. When Samuel ran into the living room to see what happened, he found his brother lying on the floor.

Samuel’s 6-year-old son was sleeping in the living room at the time of the shooting, but was unharmed.

When deputies arrived, the firearm was sitting on the couch. It was unloaded and collected as evidence.

Ezechial was released from HVCH Monday, Samuel told The Logan Daily News.

“It was an accidental shooting. It shouldn’t have happened, but it did,” he said.