THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 2:37 PM
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.
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.