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Bourbon, Gun Cleaning Reportedly Involved In Accidental Shooting

BEND, OR -- A Bend man is recovering after police say he shot himself in the leg then passed out and crashed while trying to drive himself to the hospital.

Police responded to the crash scene Tuesday, just before 11 p.m., near the entrance to The Center. A Subaru Legacy hit a pillar and stopped on the sidewalk. The driver was lying nearby, where a security guard worked to apply a tourniquet. He was taken by ambulance to the St. Charles Emergency Room, just around the corner.

A friend called 911 to report the crash and accompany the man to the hospital. He says they had been shooting handguns earlier in the day and returned to the man’s NE Purcell Boulevard apartment, where they drank bourbon and cleaned their guns. That’s when he reportedly accidentally pulled the trigger, shooting himself in the left leg.

The incident remains under investigation.

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