A federal prison guard shot his own finger in a misguided attempt to remove his wedding ring, according to police.

Thirty-one-year-old Alfredo Malespini III of Bradford in northwestern Pennsylvania was wounded in the March 2 incident, The Bradford Era reported. But police noted the wedding ring still remained on his badly mangled finger, despite the gunshot.

Malespini "had been drinking quite heavily throughout the day and he and his wife had been arguing throughout the day about an affair he had had several months ago," Bradford police Lt. Steve Caskey told The Associated Press.

He told police he was "trying to get rid of his wedding ring" and decided to "shoot it off." He said he went into his yard and fired a shot towards the ground.

When police arrived, they found him inside the kitchen surrounded by blood.

Malespini, a lieutenant at the Federal Correctional Institution-McKean, was charged with recklessly endangering another person, disorderly conduct, and firing a weapon inside the city limits of Bradford.

He was taken to a hospital for medical and mental health treatment.

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