Detres was apparently handling a .32 caliber revolver at his E. 162nd Street apartment in New York City when the gun went off. A scene shot of the area in the Bronx is seen above

Detres was apparently handling a .32 Caliber Revolver at his E. 162nd Street apartment in New York City when the gun went off. A scene shot of the area in the Bronx is seen above

  • Pedro Detres, 100, shot himself with an illegally purchased .32 caliber revolver in Bronx apartment and was taken to hospital

  • Police said the gun was purchased illegally and he was arrested while at the hospital for criminal possession of an illegal weapon
  • He was later released without bail

A 100-year-old man living in the Bronx accidentally shot himself in the leg with an illegal firearm.
Pedro Detres was apparently handling a .32 caliber revolver at his E. 162nd Street apartment in New York City when the weapon went off, according to The New York Post citing anonymous police sources. 
Detres, who was born in the spring of 1917, sustained a gun shot wound to the left thigh as a result. 
Pedro Detres, 100, shot himself accidentally with an illegal firearm in the Bronx on Thursday afternoon (file photo above)
Pedro Detres, 100, shot himself accidentally with an illegal firearm in the Bronx on Thursday afternoon (file photo above)
Police told the Post that the gun was not purchased legally.
'He just said he obtained it many, many years ago. God knows how long ago that was,' the source added.
It remains unclear why Detres was handling the pistol in the first place.  
Detres was taken to Lincoln hospital to treat his self-sustained injury. He was also placed under arrest for criminal possessing of an illegal weapon.
He was later released on his own recognizance without bond. 
Detres was apparently handling a .32 caliber revolver at his E. 162nd Street apartment in New York City when the gun went off. A scene shot of the area in the Bronx is seen above
Detres was apparently handling a .32 caliber revolver at his E. 162nd Street apartment in New York City when the gun went off. A scene shot of the area in the Bronx is seen above