GREENFIELD — A Greenfield man faces criminal charges after he accidentally shot a gun through his apartment wall, narrowly missing the neighbor next door, charging documents state.

James G. Jones, 60, 4387 W. Potomac Drive, Apartment C, Greenfield, faces a single charge of criminal recklessness committed with a deadly weapon, a Level 6 felony.

He was booked into the jail Tuesday afternoon and was scheduled to appear in Hancock Superior Court 2 Friday afternoon.

Jones told police he was cleaning his glock when he accidentally fired a round.

Police were called to Washington Village Apartments on Tuesday afternoon after a woman called police to report she heard a gunshot, then found a bullet hole in the wall of the apartment where she and her son live, charging documents state.

When police arrived, the woman was shaken and afraid, charging documents state.

She told police she was in her bedroom when she heard gunfire; then, she felt a warm sensation pass her left shoulder, court records state.

She found a gunshot hole in the wall.

The bullet went through her bedroom wall and her son’s, who wasn’t home at the time. Police found a bullet round on the floor in her apartment, according to court records.

The woman wasn’t injured.

When police visited Jones’ apartment, parallel to the woman’s bedroom, he told officers he was cleaning the weapon when it accidentally fired.

Police did not find any cleaning supplies for guns in Jones’ apartment, where he said he was cleaning the gun, charging documents state.

After his gun fired, Jones didn’t contact police, according to court records.

In charging documents, the officer wrote Jones “failed to take the proper steps to ensure the safety and well-being of surrounding residence(s).”

The Level 6 felony Jones faces carries a penalty of six months to two and a half years in jail. He also faces up to $10,000 in fines.

At press time, he remained without bond in the Hancock County Jail.

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Samm Quinn is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3275 or