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Monkton hunter accidentally shoots himself in leg

A 53-year-old Monkton man ended up in Maryland Shock Trauma Saturday, flown there by Maryland State Police Medevac helicopter, after he accidentally shot himself in the leg while deer hunting.

Around 9 a.m. Saturday, deputies responded to the 3800 block of Houcks Road in the Monkton area for a report of accidental shooting, according to a police report from the Harford County Sheriff's office. At the scene, they met with Norman Mech, who said his brother, Thomas Mech, had accidentally shot himself while they were hunting.

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Norman Mech was 80 to 100 yards from his brother when he heard a shot and then his brother screaming to call 9-1-1, according to a police report. When Norman Mech got to him, Thomas Mech said he had climbed out of a tree to relieve himself and brought the tree stand down with him.

While on the ground, according to the police report, Thomas Mech placed his Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun on the stand and later picked it up to unload it when the shotgun fired and struck him in the upper left thigh.

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A deputy later confirmed Norman Mech's story with Thomas Mech as he was being treated. Deputies also contacted the owner of the property, according to the police report, who said that although he had given the brothers permission to hunt on his property in that past, he had not done so this time.

Maryland Natural Resources Police also were contacted, according to the sheriff's office report.

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