Steven “Johnny” Currey of Corcoran found himself transferred from the hospital to jail after accidentally shooting himself.
Local police received a call regarding a gunshot victim at approximately 11:45 Sunday, June 12. They arrived in the 1600 block of Earl Ave. to find Currey suffering a wound to his right thigh. Currey told officers he had been shot by two suspects.
Officers administered first aid until emergency services personnel arrived and took Currey to Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia.
Officers conducted a search of Currey’s residence and found an altered 9mm handgun and ammunition, as well as one spent shell casing and another .32 caliber handgun. Due to the modifications to the handgun and the location of Currey’s wound, officers believed Currey had accidentally shot himself.
When Currey was released from the hospital later the same day, officers interviewed him at the local police station, where he admitted shooting himself while handling the gun. He told officers he was carrying a firearm because he had received death threats.
He was booked at the local jail on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, being a felon in possession of ammunition, false reporting of a crime, illegal discharge of a firearm and altering a firearm. Currey was also found to be on PRCS probation and a no bail hold was issued when he was later transferred to the Kings County Jail in Hanford.