PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal prison guard has been charged with shooting his own finger in a drunken attempt to remove his wedding ring during an argument with his wife at their northwestern Pennsylvania home, police said.
A criminal complaint said Bradford police were called just before 9 p.m. March 2 and were met by Alfredo Malespini III, 31, who told officers he was “trying to get rid of his wedding ring” and decided to “shoot it off.” The Bradford Era first reported the shooting on Friday.
The gunshot badly mangled Malespini’s finger, but didn’t remove the ring, police said.
At the time of the shooting in Bradford, which is near the New York border about 130 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, Malespini was employed as a lieutenant at the Federal Correctional Institution-McKean, a medium security prison a few miles away.
Vicky Moser, the executive assistant at the prison, said she could confirm only that Malespini remains employed as a lieutenant at the prison, but could not comment as to whether he’s been suspended or has otherwise taken leave.
Bradford police Lt. Steve Caskey told The Associated Press that he wasn’t sure of Malespini’s employment status, but “as far as we know, he is still seeking treatment in Erie.”
Malespini was taken to UPMC Hamot hospital where he was treated for the gunshot wound and also for mental or emotional issues, Caskey said.
Police have been called to the Malespini residence a “couple times” previously for domestic disputes, but Caskey said he doesn’t believe Malespini had ever been charged with a crime before.