The man was cleaning his handgun at about 7 a.m. Saturday when it discharged and he was hit in the leg, Freeman said.
Police found out about the incident when they were summoned to North Ottawa Community Hospital at 7:42 a.m. where they found the man being treated by hospital personnel.
Freeman said the investigation at the scene confirmed what the man had told the officers.
The man was home alone at the time of the incident, she said.
The severity of the man’s injuries was not released.