A 51-year-old man was taken to an area hospital Monday afternoon after dropping his gun and accidentally shooting himself.
St. Clair County Sheriff deputies responded to the man's home in the 600 block of Mayer Road in Wales Township about 1:30 p.m.
The man told deputies that while he was doing laundry, his pistol fell out of the holster, hit the basement floor and went off, shooting him in the bicep.
Sheriff Deputy Steve Campau said a gun expert at the department said depending on the model, it is possible the gun could have fired when it was dropped. The man was shot by a 9 mm handgun.
No criminal charges are being filed.