North Center: Man who accidentally shot himself is saved by cops with new trauma training

Chicago police practice LEMART techniques. | Airport Magazine

Chicago police used the department’s recently-introduced first aid training and equipment to save the life of a 29-year-old man who accidentally shot himself in the North Center neighborhood early Friday.

Around 4 a.m., residents called 911 to complain about what they believed was an intoxicated man causing a disturbance as he tried to get into a building in the 4300 block of North Bell.

Arriving officers found the man lying on the ground unconscious and bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound to his right leg, according to a police report.

The officers summoned an ambulance and used a CPD tourniquet to slow the bleeding. Police said the beat cops had participated in Law Enforcement Medical and Rescue Training (LEMART), which the department first introduced widely in 2016.

Investigators determined that the man shot himself in an alley behind the 2200 block of West Montrose. He was listed in critical condition at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center on Sunday.

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