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Accidental shot fired in Rankin County church

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FLOWOOD, Ms. (KNOE 8 News) - A man accidentally fired a gun at the Pinelake Church in Rankin County this morning.

The Flowood Police Department was called to Pinelake Church for an accidental discharge of a firearm Sunday morning.

Officers took Joseph Edgar Ray into custody and took possession of a 9mm handgun. Officers learned that the handgun was in Ray's right front pocket and went off as he sat down.

Ray is charged with discharging a firearm in the city and was transported to the Flowood Police Department where he was processed and released. A court date has been set for January 9, 2014.

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