Police: Man accidentally shoots, critically injures himself in Hackensack

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Authorities say a man from Hackensack accidentally shot and critically injured himself when he put his .45-caliber handgun on a nightstand in his home and it discharged.

According to police, the 57-year-old man was about to go to sleep Wednesday around 12:20 a.m. when the shooting occurred.

Police say his wife called 911 and emergency responders found the man had been shot in the abdomen, causing undisclosed injuries to his internal organs.

The man's name has not been released.

Authorities say the shooting did not appear to be suspicious and they don't believe foul play was involved.

No other injuries were reported in the incident.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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