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DNR officer helps save accidental shooting victim

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A Michigan Department of Natural Resources officer is credited with helping save the life of a man who accidentally shot himself.

The shooting happened about 1:37 p.m. at a home in Wales Township, just east of Flint.

Investigators said a 51-year-old man, who works in a military capacity, was at his home doing laundry with a Star 9 mm pistol holstered to his leg.

The pistol fell out of the holster, struck the concrete floor and discharged. A round struck the man’s right bicep and exited his body.

“When CO Kovach arrived on scene, the victim had made his way from the home to the outside of the dwelling, where he was laying on the grass, bleeding profusely,” said Sgt. Todd Szyska, a DNR area law supervisor for three counties, including St. Clair.

Police said the victim was losing a lot of blood and his condition was worsening.

Within four minutes of receiving the call, Conservation Officer Ken Kovach was able to stop the bleeding by applying a combat application tourniquet to the man’s arm.

“This lifesaving effort by Officer Kovach is another fine example of the great work our conservation officers do on a consistent basis,” said DNR Law Enforcement Division chief Gary Hagler.

The man was taken to a local hospital and treated for his injuries. He is now at home recovering. 

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