BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- A Bellingham man apparently severed his right arm on a homemade guillotine and then walked to a nearby medical clinic for help.
Police and medics received a call from employees at the clinic in the 300 block of Birchwood Avenue late Thursday morning stating a man had just arrived with a severed arm, said Mark Young with Bellingham Police.
As medics took the man away for treatment at a local hospital, police went to a wooded area near the clinic and found the severed arm and a homemade guillotine at a camp where the man had been living.
Officers brought the arm to the hospital in the hopes it could be reattached. Later, medics decided the man needed to be airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
While being treated, the man was interviewed by officers and indicated the wound was self-inflicted.
Meanwhile, other officers grabbed a chainsaw and went to go dismantle the guillotine, which Young said looked just like ones you would see in medieval times.
"It was constructed out of 2 by 6 by at least 12-feet tall timbers," Young said, adding the materials and makeshift blade were apparently found by scavenging the local area.
"A lot of thought and a lot of work and lot of preparation went into making this device and it was apparent this individual used this device to sever his own arm," Young said.
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