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Lenexa man charged in accidental shooting of his wife at steakhouse

Updated: 2013-03-07T15:34:59Z

The Lenexa man who accidentally fired a gun in his pocket and shot his wife in a booth at the Longbranch Steakhouse is facing criminal charges.

William H. Mize Jr., 66, has a court date Thursday on charges of aggravated battery and carrying a concealed weapon while under the influence.

Police said Mize and his wife were sitting across from each other at the restaurant on Jan. 2 when the man reached into his front pants pocket and accidentally discharged a small pistol, striking his wife in the leg just above the knee. She was treated at a hospital and released.

Mize had a valid permit to carry a concealed weapon but Kansas law does not allow people to carry concealed weapons if they are under the influence of alcohol. The Longbranch, 8600 Marshall Drive, serves alcohol.

| Matt Campbell, mcampbell@kcstar.com

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