Police say a Maine man accidentally shot off part of his face while showing his hunting rifle to friends.

Chief Joseph Massey says 31-year-old Dale Poulin, from Waterville, and friends were telling hunting stories at a home on Wednesday night when Poulin brought in his rifle to show the others.

Massey says the barrel was under Poulin's chin when it discharged. He says it was an accident.


The chief says responding officers found a chaotic scene, with people screaming and Poulin's chin, teeth and blood on the floor. When police arrived, Poulin was sitting in a chair with his entire face torn off from his nose down, police told The Bangor Daily News.

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Massey says alcohol was involved.

"It's one of those things where you mix alcohol and weapons and start to do very unsafe things, and you end up with a tragedy," Massey told the Bangor Daily News.

Poulin's father, Donald Poulin, tells the Morning Sentinel his son told him he dropped the rifle and it discharged.

Donald Poulin says he son has been stabilized at a Boston hospital. He can't speak but communicates by writing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report