Beer-drinking man arrested after firing gun at his oven at apartment complex

Christopher DeSalvo

A man who had been drinking beer was arrested after firing a gun at his oven at an apartment complex in Wildwood.

Officers were called at 9:41 p.m. Tuesday to the PepperTree Apartments, where they found 37-year-old Christopher DeSalvo with his hands up standing outside his apartment near a staircase, according to an arrest report from the Wildwood Police Department.

DeSalvo told police that he was cleaning his firearm when he “accidentally discharged it,” the report said. However, there was no cleaning equipment present and the oven in DeSalvo’s third-floor apartment had been “shot in a downward direction.”

DeSalvo admitted he had consumed “four or more beers” prior to the weapon being fired. His “speech patterns were jumbled” and he kept repeating himself, the report indicated.

DeSalvo was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of using a firearm under the influence of alcohol. He was booked at the Sumter County Detention Center and released after posting $500 bond.