A suspected car thief suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his leg during what appears to be an armed carjacking gone wrong on Wednesday.
In a news release, Warman RCMP said they received a complaint around 4:20 a.m. from a person claiming to have been threatened at gunpoint while at a gas station in Saskatoon.
RCMP said the suspect originally ordered the man to drive him out of Saskatoon while threatening him with a sawed-off shotgun. The suspect later decided he would drive, and while doing so, he dropped the weapon. While he was trying to grab it from the floor of the vehicle, the gun went off, hitting the suspect in the leg.
RCMP said the shot caused “significant injury.”
The suspect then stopped the vehicle and its owner was able to pull him out, regaining control and driving away.
Police said both the victim and the suspect called 911 at the same time.
Paramedics and police arrived at the scene and the suspect was transported to hospital with “serious injuries,” RCMP said.
Marty Chemakese, 31, faces 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, he is set to appear in Saskatoon provincial court on Tuesday.
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