Man, shot in head, notices five years later

BERLIN Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:49am EDT

An X-ray released by German police August 24, 2010, shows a bullet lodged in the back of the head of a man. A Polish man living in Germany went about his business for about five years without noticing he had been shot in the head because he was drunk when it happened. Police in the western city of Bochum said on Tuesday doctors found a .22 calibre bullet in the back of his head after the 35-year-old went to have what he thought was a cyst removed. Presented with the 5.6 mm projectile, the man recalled he had received a blow to the head around midnight at a New Year's party ''in 2004 or 2005'', but had forgotten about it because he had been ''very drunk'', a spokesman for local police said. REUTERS/Bochum Police/handout

An X-ray released by German police August 24, 2010, shows a bullet lodged in the back of the head of a man. A Polish man living in Germany went about his business for about five years without noticing he had been shot in the head because he was drunk when it happened. Police in the western city of Bochum said on Tuesday doctors found a .22 calibre bullet in the back of his head after the 35-year-old went to have what he thought was a cyst removed. Presented with the 5.6 mm projectile, the man recalled he had received a blow to the head around midnight at a New Year's party ''in 2004 or 2005'', but had forgotten about it because he had been ''very drunk'', a spokesman for local police said.

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BERLIN (Reuters) - A Polish man living in Germany went about his business for about five years without noticing he had been shot in the head because he was drunk when it happened. Police in the western city of Bochum said on Tuesday doctors found a .22 caliber bullet in the back of his head after the 35-year-old went to have what he thought was a cyst removed.

Presented with the 5.6mm projectile, the man recalled he had received a blow to the head around midnight at a New Year's party "in 2004 or 2005," but had forgotten about it because he had been "very drunk," a police spokesman said.

"He told us he remembered having a sore head, but that he wasn't really one for going to the doctor," the spokesman said.

The wound later healed around the bullet and it was not until the man decided to have the lump examined due to recurring pains that the discovery was made.

Police said they were not treating the incident as suspicious as the bullet might have got lodged in the man's head when a reveler fired a gun in celebration.

"It may have been a shot fired up in the air which entered his head on the way down," the spokesman said.

The resident of Herne, who has lived in Germany for several years, was expected to be released from hospital later this week after the bullet was removed on Friday, police said.

(Reporting by Dave Graham; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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Comments (28)
chardwell wrote:
The benefits of alcoholism…. if you are drunk enough to not notice getting shot in the head, you might have a drinking problem. Now the guy has a great story to tell his friends at the bar. How do you top it? “Shot in the head? That’s nothing. One time I was so drunk I….”
Funny stuff.

Aug 25, 2010 9:01am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Doc00001 wrote:
Talk about numbskull!!!

Are we sure this guy isn’t an American politician?

Aug 25, 2010 10:23am EDT  --  Report as abuse
NicL wrote:
“Police said ….It may have been a shot fired up in the air which entered his head on the way down,” – I get tired of hearing this. It just can’t happen. There is a physical law called Terminal velocity. A bullet coming down will reach around 200mph. A bullet fired from a low powered pistol reaches around 750mph – nearly four times as fast. If a .22 round, fired straight up, hit someone in the head, it;d feel like someone flicking their head hard, no more. Plus, unless he was looking down at his feet, it’d've just bounced off anyway [look at it's position in the picture].
Why the police couldn’t've just said they had no chance of finding the shooter after so long is anybody’s guess….

Aug 25, 2010 11:09am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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