Man arrested after shooting himself in leg at New Hampshire Denny’s, police say

Man arrested after shooting himself in leg at New Hampshire Denny’s, police say
Police in Lebanon, New Hampshire, arrested Michael Bushey, 21, on a charge of reckless conduct with a firearm on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. (Lebanon Police Department/Lebanon Police Department)

LEBANON, N.H. — Authorities have arrested a Vermont man after he shot himself in the leg last month during a visit to a Denny’s in New Hampshire, police in Lebanon said Friday in a news release.

Officers first encountered Michael Bushey, 21, in the early morning hours of Nov. 23, while responding to a report of a man who had accidentally discharged a firearm in the Denny's on Plainfield Road in Lebanon.

Responding authorities said they found Bushey, who is from Bethel, Vermont, with minor injuries around 4 a.m. after he shot himself in the leg. Although police said others were nearby during the incident, no other injuries were reported. Authorities said they recovered a black .45 caliber pistol from the scene.

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After a subsequent investigation, which included a review of Denny's surveillance footage, a warrant for Bushey's arrest was issued Dec. 12. He was arrested that day on a charge of reckless conduct with a firearm, a class B felony.

Police said Bushey has since been released on his own recognizance. He’s expected to appear in Grafton County Superior Court on Dec. 30.