Father speaks out after he says bullet exploded while cleaning

Father speaks out after he says bullet exploded while cleaning his gun

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) -

An 11 year-old girl was injured when her father says a bullet exploded while cleaning his gun.

FOX 10 spoke with the father, Dustin Herrington, who said that he was in the garage away from his children when an unpredictable accident happened. "It didn't just go off and shoot it exploded."

Dustin Herrington explained off camera today that a trigger was never pulled Thursday afternoon. "I had to completely disassemble the rifle that had a round stuck in it and I was clearing it".

Herrington said he was in the garage trying to clear a bullet that was stuck in the chamber of a Remington 700 bolt action rifle. He says he took the gun apart but the bullet suddenly exploded sending shrapnel through the wall hitting his 11 year-old daughter.

"It's a flesh wound, she got grazed by some shrapnel on her left knee" said Herrington.

Dustin was also left with shrapnel in his arm and he can't hear out of his left ear since the accident. The former Marine has extensive weapons training he was also a safety officer at a gun range for 15 years.

"I'm a huge firearm proponent so that it happened to me is almost doubley painful that I injured my own daughter doing something that I would have told someone else they probably shouldn't have been doing" said Herrington.

It's still possible that Dustin could face charges and Avondale Police will only say the investigation is ongoing but that he is cooperating with authorities.

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