Columbus man killed while cleaning pistol

Columbus police say that a local man has died, after accidentally shooting himself while cleaning his gun.

The incident happened yesterday morning at about 10 a.m. in the 300 block of Cleveland Street, says Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the police department. 69-year-old Michael A. Sporleder was found unresponsive in the living room and was pronounced dead at the scene, Harris said.

The man had been cleaning a 9 mm handgun when it went off and hit him.