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Iowa sheriff accidentally shoots himself while cleaning gun

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Thursday, December 17, 2015, 2:37 PM

Des Moines County Sheriff Mike Johnstone accidentally shot himself while cleaning a gun.dmcounty.com

BURLINGTON, Iowa — Officials say surgery is expected for a southeastern Iowa sheriff who accidentally shot himself in the left hand while cleaning a gun.

A news release from the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office says Sheriff Mike Johnstone was cleaning his personally-owned handgun at his home when it fired around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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Johnstone was taken to the Great River Medical Center’s emergency room for treatment. His injury is not considered to be life-threatening.

The department’s release says the hospital has made arrangements to have Johnstone transferred to another medical facility where he could be treated by a surgeon who specializes in hand injuries.

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