A Metairie man shot himself and then lied to detectives about what happened out of embarrassment, authorities said.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said a warrant for the arrest of Douglas Blackman, 38, has been issued on a count of false swearing after deputies determined that his story about armed intruders shooting him was false. Normand said Blackman eventually confessed that he actually shot himself in the hand while trying to clean his loaded, 9 mm Taurus semi-automatic handgun on Wednesday morning.

The Sheriff’s Office intends to book Blackman once he is released from East Jefferson General Hospital.