SANTA CLARA — Police responded to a home on Gubler Drive in Santa Clara after receiving reports of a man injured after his firearm discharged accidentally.
Just after 3 p.m. Thursday, emergency dispatch received a call reporting a man having been injured after accidentally shooting himself in the leg, Santa Clara Police Public Information Officer Chad Holt said.
Police and rescue personnel responding to the home on Gubler Drive found a male bleeding heavily from his leg. He was very pale and appeared to be in shock, Santa Clara Ivins Police Sgt. Jaron Studley said.
The man was conscious and told police he was visiting family from out of town and while taking his gun out of the holster, it accidentally discharged, sending a bullet through his left thigh. “That bullet went through and through,” Studley said.
The man was sitting on the couch with family at the time the gun discharged,” Studley said. “Fortunately, no one else was injured, and they quickly called 911.”
The man was rushed to Dixie Regional Medical Center to be treated for his injuries and was in stable condition, Studley said.
“Luckily someone in the home had some training or experience because they helped stabilize him before we got there,” Studley said, “even applying pressure to his leg to reduce the bleeding.”
“The man still lost a great deal of blood,” he said. “So he was very fortunate that he had family there to help him.”
During the investigation, officers recovered a .40 caliber projectile in the couch cushion. It was very clear that this was a complete accident, Studley said.
Santa Clara Ivins Police Department, Ivins City Fire and Rescue and Ivins City Ambulance responded to the residence.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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