LIBBY – The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that a Colorado man who was accidentally shot by another hunter did not have his leg amputated as a result of the wound, or the tourniquet that was applied by the shooter.
Undersheriff Brent Faulkner identified the gunshot victim as 60-year-old John Cleveland. Faulkner did not say where Cleveland lives in Colorado.
Cleveland remains in the intensive care unit at Kalispell Regional Medical Center, where his condition has been upgraded to stable.
Mike Wagner, 48, of Libby shot Cleveland on the morning of Saturday, Nov. 16, the sheriff’s office said. The two hunters did not know each other.
Wagner also contacted authorities, helped apply a tourniquet to Cleveland’s right thigh and, with the assistance of his son, began transporting Cleveland to St. John Lutheran Hospital in Libby. An ambulance that was dispatched met them, and took Cleveland the rest of the way.
Cleveland was then transferred to Kalispell Regional Medical Center, and initially had been listed in critical condition.
The tourniquet had been applied above what authorities called a “substantial wound” to Cleveland’s right thigh.
“The near-term intent is to stabilize Cleveland enough to transfer (him) to a Colorado hospital for further medical care,” Faulkner said.
The sheriff’s office, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and the U.S. Forest Service investigated the shooting. Faulkner said no more information will be released until the Lincoln County Attorney’s Office has reviewed the results.