MERIDIAN -- A 63-year-old man accidentally shot and killed himself Monday while cleaning a gun, according to the Meridian Police Department.

Police say the man was sitting at a workbench Monday morning in a garage on the 1800 block of Greenfield Avenue when gun discharged hitting him in the chest.

Things like this happen occasionally, and it just appears that sometimes the weapons aren't unloaded and that's what we believe probably happened in this case; the weapon wasn't unloaded when it was taken out of the case, said Sgt. Mark Taylor, Meridian Police Department.

Police say it's important to always treat a gun as if it's loaded.

The man's name has not been released. Police say he lived at the home with his wife.

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