Alleged car thief shoots himself in leg

A reported car thief suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his leg during what appears to be an armed car theft gone wrong on Wednesday.

Warman RCMP indicate at roughly 4:20 a.m., they received a complaint from a person claiming they had been threatened at gunpoint while at a gas station in Saskatoon, according to an RCMP news release.

RCMP said the man was originally asked by the man to drive him outside of Saskatoon while threatening him with what police said was a sawed-off shotgun.

The alleged victim was first asked to drive the vehicle, but the man with the gun eventually decided he would drive. At this time, he dropped the weapon. While he was trying to grab it from the vehicle’s floor, the gun went off, hitting the alleged thief in the leg.

RCMP say the shot caused “significant injury.”

The man then stopped the vehicle and the owner of the car was able to pull him out of the car, regaining control and driving away.

Police say both the alleged victim and the man believed to have robbed the car called 911 at the same time as a result of the incident.

Paramedics and police arrived on scene and the suspect was then transported to hospital with what RCMP described as “serious injuries.”

A 31-year-old man is now facing eight firearms-related charges, including kidnapping with a firearm, possession of a firearm contrary to a prohibition order and extortion with a firearm.

Pending recovery from his injuries, the man is set to appear in Saskatoon Provincial Court on Nov. 13, 2018 at 9 a.m.



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