A MAN who accidentally shot himself in the face with a pistol has been sent to prison.

Police have welcomed the sentencing of Anthony McCall to five years and four months for the firearms offences which happened in Parr in February.

McCall, 36, of Valiant Close, West Derby, Liverpool, was found guilty at Liverpool Crown Court of: possession of a firearm; possession of ammunition without a certificate; possession of a firearm when prohibited for life and possession of ammunition for a firearm when prohibited for life.

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At around 11.55am on Monday, February 19, emergency services were called to a house on Derbyshire Hill Road to reports that a man had been injured.

Police at the scene on February 19Police at the scene on February 19 (Image: St Helens Star)

The man was taken to hospital for treatment to a gunshot wound to his face, which required surgery. It transpired that McCall had accidentally fired the weapon, a self-loading pistol, into his own face.

Case shows 'extreme danger posed by firearms'

The weapon fired by McCallThe weapon fired by McCall (Image: Merseyside Police)

Detective Inspector John Mullen of our Firearms Investigation Team (FIT) said: “This highly unusual case shows the extreme danger posed by firearms, not only to those who are targeted in our communities, but those who handle them without the necessary expertise or, in this case, sobriety.

“Not only did McCall sustain a serious facial injury, he will tonight be starting a significant prison sentence for being in possession of a firearm and ammunition. 

“I hope this serves as a sobering reminder for anyone who would store, carry or mind a firearm and ammunition. Not only do you risk a prison sentence, you are holding a lethal weapon in your possession, one which can only bring misery to anyone who comes into contact with it."

McCall was sentenced at Liverpool Crown CourtMcCall was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court (Image: Stock)

He added: “We are committed to taking firearms off our streets and, rest assured, if you tell us about any suspected possession or offences we will take action. We pro-actively investigate serious organised crime including the use of guns and the supply and distribution of drugs on Merseyside, and will always take immediate action when incidents involve guns.

“Information from the public is vital if we are to breakdown the organised crime groups who bring misery to our streets, so come forward if you have any concerns about serious and organised crime where you live, work or visit.”

  • If you have any information about the suspected storage, possession and use of firearms and ammunition, please contact police directly via @MerPolCC on Twitter, 'Merseyside Police Contact Centre' on Facebook, by calling 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report online at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/give-information-anonymously. Always call 999 if a crime is in progress.