Man arrested for accidentally shooting himself at local nightclub

Following is a press release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office:

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office received a call at approximately 5:30 this morning (Sunday) in reference to a gun being fired inside of a local nightclub on Gulf Highway.  When deputies arrived they learned a male patron had accidentally shot himself in the hand with a gun he was carrying in his pocket.

After shooting himself, the man, Courte E. Leonard, 21, 274 Calcasieu Ave., Lake Charles, ran from the nightclub.  A search of the area was conducted and deputies found Leonard hiding under a car across the street from the nightclub.  The gun was recovered along with 135 Loracet tablets Leonard had in his pocket.

Leonard was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with possession of CDS III with intent to distribute; illegal carrying of a weapon; and illegal discharge of a weapon.

CPSO Cpl. John Coffman is the arresting deputy and Detective Jason Gertz is the lead investigator on this case.