DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police say a man who reported being shot in a drive-by shooting later admitted he had shot himself in the leg while cleaning a rifle.

The Des Moines Register reports that police were called to the 22-year-old man’s home around 4 a.m. Tuesday. Arriving officers found the man lying on a couch with a gunshot wound to this thigh.

The officers say the man initially told them that someone shot at him three times from a car while he was at a nearby park. But the officers say his story continued to change. When officers searched his bedroom, they found blood on his sheets and several firearms, including a .22 rifle.

Officers say he later admitted accidentally shooting himself.

Police say officers took the firearms for safekeeping.

Information from: The Des Moines Register,

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