Long Island patient charged with reckless endangerment after gun discharges in MRI exam room

An MRI patient in Long Island, New York, was arrested last month after a firearm in his pocket discharged in the exam room, resulting in injuries to both of his legs, the LI Herald has reported.

Frank Chester attended a planned appointment at Stand-Up MRI of Lynbrook about a month ago, according to local police, and was asked by clinic staff to “make sure he had no metal on him” before entering the exam room. Chester allegedly told employees he didn’t, but the MRI technician reported a loud popping sound when Chester entered the room.

A loaded .380-caliber handgun had been in the patient’s pocket, authorities said, and magnets from the MR machine caused the gun to discharge on the spot.

Chester was left with two injuries in each of his thighs and charged with reckless endangerment. 

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