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Sebeka man injured in freak handgun incident

A Sebeka man was injured in a freak accident Wednesday afternoon.

Thomas Murphy, 71, accidentally shot himself in the leg reaching for his cell phone.

Becker County Sheriff Tm Godson said it's possible Murphy's jacket snagged his .22 caliber handgun as he reached over the seat of his pickup to get the phone and the weapon discharged.

Murphy's friend drove him to St. Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids from Carsonville Township in Becker County.

He was later transferred to Essentia-St. Mary's in Detroit Lakes for additional treatment. St. Joseph's reported the incident to law enforcement.

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