A Herndon man has been charged in the shooting of a cyclist that was riding past his home on Saturday.
Town of Herndon police said officers responded to the 1200 block of Summerfield Drive in Herndon at about 7 p.m. on Saturday and discovered a man on the ground with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. Police said a preliminary investigation revealed that a gun was discharged from inside a house belonging to John E. Albers, 49.
Albers told police he was cleaning a handgun when it accidently discharged, they said.
“The investigation revealed that Mr. Albers did not know the cyclist. His handgun discharged when he was loading it,” said Lt. Jim Moore of the Herndon Police Department in a release.
Police said the unidentified adult male cyclist was taken to a hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. On Monday, police said he remained hospitalized but is expected to survive.
“He should make it through this,” said Lt. Ron Thunman of the Herndon Police Department, “but the injuries were pretty significant.”
Thunman said Albers was charged with reckless handling of a firearm — a class one misdemeanor — and not with the class 6 felony offense of willfully discharging a firearm in a public place resulting in bodily injury, as was originally stated in a police press release. No attorney information for Albers is listed in court records.