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Union County trapper shoots self in thigh

A 24 year old Afton man suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his thigh while checking traps in rural Union County Sunday morning.

Zachery Springer had shot a raccoon that was caught in a set with his .22 caliber pistol and when he was holstering the pistol, the strap of the holster that holds the gun in place entered the trigger guard. As he pushed the gun further into the holster, the strap tightened against the trigger causing the gun to fire, shooting Springer in the upper thigh.

Springer was transported to Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston where he underwent surgery to remove the bullet.