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Sheriff hurt while cleaning a handgun in Des Moines County

The sheriff suffered an injury to his hand while he was cleaning a gun at his home in Des Moines County, Iowa.
Des Moines County Sheriff Mike Johnstone photo from the county website

The sheriff suffered an injury to his hand while he was cleaning a gun at his home in Des Moines County, Iowa.

Sheriff Mike Johnstone sustained a gunshot wound to his left hand as he cleaned his personal handgun, at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 16, 2015, according to a statement from the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office.

Johnstone was taken to a local emergency room for treatment, and later transferred to another facility for treatment by a surgeon who specializes in hand injuries.

Johnstone’s injury was not life-threatening, the statement said.