An officer helped save a man who accidentally shot himself with a sawed-off shotgun on Wednesday, Madison police reported.
Witnesses said a 24-year-old Stoughton man was handling a sawed-off shotgun inside a friend's apartment in the 1100 block of MacArthur Road when the shotgun discharged about 3:45 p.m., police spokesman Joel DeSpain said in a statement.
The officer performed emergency first aid on the man, applying a tourniquet to the his arm, and using gauze and pressure to further curtail bleeding from a seriously damaged hand, DeSpain said.
The officer was successful in stopping most of the bleeding as an ambulance was arriving, DeSpain said.
When he is released from a hospital, the man will be facing tentative charges of endangering safety by reckless use of a weapon, and possession of a short-barreled shotgun, DeSpain said.
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