The man who accidentally shot himself with a black powder pistol while on a remote hunting trip has told his “story.”
Pettit, 53, was hunting in an area between Kelton and Locomotive Springs in Box Elder County. He said he was trying to close the tailgate on his truck while holding his antique .36 caliber Navy black powder pistol. The force of closing the tailgate set the pistol off, shooting him in the chest.
Pettit says the gunshot actually lifted him off of the ground and threw him backward (?). He said he laid on the ground bleeding for over half an hour.
“I tried my cell phone, it had no service. I told myself that I had to get out of there or I was going to die,” Pettit said.
Facing almost certain death if he stayed where he was, he gathered his strength and managed to get into his truck. Pettit said he used several things to try and stop the bleeding.
“I used my finger at first, but found I could not drive, so I tried a socket wrench and then found some black electrical tape that kept the bleeding to a minimum,” he said.
Pettit then drove himself some 12 miles before the phone miraculously rang. Pettit said it was his daughter, calling to ask why he was not at her birthday party.