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Livonia gun instructor who shot man pleads no contest

Associated Press

Livonia — A Detroit-area firearms instructor who accidentally shot a man during a class has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor.

Police say Michael Hearn fired his gun at a door, striking a man in the legs in another room in April. Hearn was teaching a class for people who were seeking concealed pistol licenses.

He appeared in a Livonia court Thursday. MLive.com says his sentencing was delayed so the 39-year-old victim can attend.

The 44-year-old Hearn declined to comment outside court.

His lawyer, Jim Makowski, says it was an “unfortunate accident” with no intent for harm. He says the man who was shot is “recovering nicely.”