YAMHILL, Ore. -- A Yamhill man attempting to show his Colt .45 to a friend shot himself in the abdomen, and the bullet traveled upward until it was lodged in his neck, but police said he is expected to make a full recovery.
"Responders could see the bullet protruding from beneath the skin," said Yamhill County Sheriff Jack Crabtree.
Police were called just before 2 p.m. Sunday to the report of a 52-year-old man with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the 21000 block of Northeast Fairdale Road.
The man had pulled the black-powder pistol from a gun safe and was showing it to a friend when he dropped it and it discharged, Crabtree said.
Two friends with emergency medical training assisted the man until paramedics arrived and took him to Willamette Valley Medical Center.
He underwent surgery for his wounds and was listed in good condition Monday, expected to make a full recovery. "Because of the potential lethality of any firearm, safety precautions should be the first and foremost consideration when handling them," Crabtree said. "This incident had an extremely high potential to have had a much worse ending than it did."