A man walked into a urologist’s office Thursday morning seeking medical assistance after apparently removing his own right arm with a homemade guillotine. The arm had been severed just below the shoulder.
Investigating officers, apparently familiar with the man, checked a wooded area near the urology clinic a short time later and found the missing limb and the guillotine in a transient camp. The victim, a homeless man in his 40′s, and the arm were airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
According to police, the guillotine was built with 2x6s at least 12 feet long, a few 2x4s and a construction-grade cutting device that was 2-feet-by-3-feet and half-an-inch thick. Part of the metal had been sharpened. Because police found gauze and tape near the contraption, they believe the act was intentional.
“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,” said Mark Young with Bellingham Police.
The victim was not identified and his condition was not immediately known. Police later demolished the guillotine with a chainsaw.
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