A Sadler man is recovering in a local hospital after his rifle reportedly exploded Tuesday.

Sherman Police Sgt. Brett Mullen said officers were dispatched to Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center after receiving a report of a possible gunshot wound. Officers arrived on scene and learned the 62-year-old man was using his muzzle-loader rifle when he reportedly fired a shot, and the weapon exploded in his hands.

The incident occurred in the 2000 block of Old Sadler Road in Sadler. Relatives transported the man to Sherman for medical treatment.

“The victim sustained serious injuries to his hands and arms,” Mullen said.

Investigators determined that no criminal offense took place and completed a department report to document the matter.

Mullen encouraged all gun owners to exerise caution and seek the help of a firearms professional if they are ever unsure about the condition or safety of any weapon.

“Being safe is always the No. 1 priority when dealing with a firearm,” Mullen said

Drew Smith is the crime and emergency reporter for the Herald Democrat. Contact him at asmith@heralddemocrat.com