Passenger accidentally shoots himself during DUI stop

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Scottsdale Police said a Valley man suffered a rather painful experience while sitting in a car that had been stopped by a DUI task force.

According to authorities, the vehicle was stopped at Main and Scottsdale Road for suspicion of DUI early Saturday morning.

As officers approached the car, a passenger began fumbling with something on the floor near his feet.

Seconds later a gun went off.

Officers thought they were being shot at, and performed a felony stop with their guns drawn.

Police went on to discover that the passenger had been trying to conceal a firearm when it went off and shot him in the leg.

The passenger was taken to Scottsdale Osborn Hospital with injuries that were not life threatening.

The driver passed all sobriety tests and was not arrested.