TAYLORSVILLE — A man has been charged in an unusual December incident where he shot his roommate while attempting to kill a mouse.

Christian Paul, 27, was charged with felony discharge of a firearm with injury, a second-degree felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor, according to documents filed Monday in 3rd District Court.

Paul told police that he was trying to shoot a mouse in his pantry when the bullet passed through the wall and struck his roommate in the chest. According to court documents, police located a bullet hole in the pantry and bathroom wall and a 9mm gun on Paul's dresser.

The injured man told police that he and Paul had been trying to kill a mouse in the pantry but were unsuccessful. The man went to use the restroom, where he heard a bang and felt a pain in his right shoulder.

According to court documents, Paul gave consent for a search of his home at the time of the incident, at which point police located empty balloons and burned tin foil in a garbage can, consistent with drug use.

At the time of the incident, Taylorsville Police Sgt. Tracy Wyant said alcohol was a factor in the incident.

The search of the home also led to the arrest of a third roommate for investigation of rape and sexual abuse of a child, after a 13-year-old girl was found hiding in a basement closet.

Benjamin Wood