HUNTING — The Fish and Wildlife Department says an agent on patrol help save a man’s life after he accidentally shot himself in the leg with a black powder pistol.
However, after the elderly man has been treated for his potenially life-threatening wound, charges will be filed for having loaded guns in his vehicle.
Officer Mark James was on patrol last weekend in a remote area south of Elma, Wash., where he saw the man shooting out a window at grouse, according to WDFW Sgt. Matt Nixon.
KXRO reports when the man saw the officer, he began to unload a gun inside of his vehicle and the .22 caliber pistol went off.
James recently went through training for gunshot wounds and applied a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. The hunter was treated at Grays Harbor Community Hospital.
It is muzzleloader season and shooting grouse is legal, but shooting from inside a vehicle is illegal in Washington.
Nixon said this accident illustrates the reason for the law.
Other loaded weapons were found inside the vehicle. Charges are planned, Nixon said.