Clark man accidentally shoots self in stomach

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— A 40-year-old Clark man faces a misdemeanor charge, after he accidentally shot himself Wednesday evening.
The man, who the Routt County Sheriff's Office is not identifying at this time, accidentally shot himself in the stomach with a pistol outside a store in Hahns Peak about 5:30 p.m., said Investigator Gary Sigman.
The man was taken to the Yampa Valley Medical Center where he was held overnight and released Thursday afternoon, said Christine McKelvie, a spokeswoman for the hospital.
The sheriff's office is seeking a charge of prohibited use of a weapon, Sigman said.
"The man had been drinking," he said. "You can't mix alcohol and guns."
The man's self-inflicted wound came as he was removing a holster carrying a .22 caliber revolver pistol, Sigman said.
"The holster was around his neck with the gun hanging down," he said. "He was getting ready to go into the store and took off the holster when the gun went off.
"He is not sure why the gun discharged."
The bullet entered the man's lower left abdomen. The incident is not hunting related, he said.

To reach Gary E. Salazar call 871-4205 or e-mail gsalazar@amigo.net

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