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Crime & Courts

Police: DeKalb man shoots himself in hand, blames drive-by shooters

DeKALB – Police said a man accidentally shot himself in the hand with a gun he wasn’t supposed to have, then fabricated a story about being the victim of a drive-by shooting to cover up the mishap.

Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital officials called DeKalb police at 5 a.m. Thursday to report a patient with a gunshot wound, according to a police news release.

Jorge Barrios, 23, of the 2200 block of Eves Circle East, told police he was walking near his home when a vehicle pulled up next to him and someone inside fired a gun at him, hitting Barrios in the hand, according to the release.

Barrios is facing cocaine possession charges in DeKalb County court and was free on bond at the time of the incident.

Barrios also was on electronic home monitoring, and DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputies entered his home for a compliance check, where they found a spent shell casing in Barrios’ bedroom.

Deputies then obtained a search warrant for Barrios’ home and found a loaded handgun, ammunition, cocaine and cash during the search, according to the release.

Police said they determined that Barrios accidentally had shot himself in the hand.

Barrios was charged with armed violence, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, reckless discharge of a firearm and unlawful possession of marijuana, according to the news release.

If convicted of the most serious charge of armed violence, Barrios could face up to 30 years in prison.

Police arrested Barrios and took him to DeKalb County Jail on Friday, according to the release.

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