A Medford man was charged with illegal possession of a gun after a revolver with a scratched-off serial number fell out of his waistband and shot him in the leg Saturday night.

A Medford man was charged with illegal possession of a gun after a revolver with a scratched-off serial number fell out of his waistband and shot him in the leg Saturday night.

Carlos David Bencomo, 18, of the 300 block of Oak Grove Road was treated and released at Providence Medford Medical Center Saturday and hospital officials notified police at 7:35 p.m. that he was being treated for a gunshot wound, Medford police Lt. Bob Hansen said.

Bencomo told police that he planned to shoot at cans in his backyard when he dropped the .22-caliber handgun, prompting it to fire into his leg. However, his statement didn't seem to match other evidence, Hansen said.

Further investigation revealed that Bencomo wasn't target shooting but had been carrying the revolver concealed in his waistband. When he stepped out of a vehicle, the gun fell to the ground and fired, hitting him in the leg.

When the revolver was recovered, police found it had an obliterated serial number. The gun was seized and placed into evidence for processing, Hansen said.

In addition to the unlawful possession of a firearm charge, Bencomo also could be charged for possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number.