YOUNG TOWNSHIP — A man and woman were wounded by a gunshot early Saturday during a struggle to wrest control of a firearm from the hands of a man who was threatening to commit suicide, state police reported Wednesday.
Both were released after they were treated for their wounds at regional trauma centers, according to the report.
Investigators reported that a 20-year-old man from Clune and a 19-year-old woman from Rural Valley tried to halt an Arnold, Westmoreland County, man from shooting himself as he sat behind the wheel of a pickup truck in a field along the 600 block of Gemmell Road.
Police withheld their names from a news release issued from the Indiana station.
The suicidal man’s companions took positions at his sides while they spoke with him — the Clune man outside the door of the truck and the woman in the passenger seat, according to police.
Police believe the Clune man grabbed the gun as the Arnold man pointed it at his chest, and the weapon discharged a single round that passed through the Arnold man’s right shoulder and the woman’s upper left arm.
Emergency responders converged on the scene after a call at 2:22 a.m. to the Indiana County 911 center.
Medical helicopters were sent to fly the victims for medical care: the man to UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh and the woman to Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville.
Investigators could not locate the slug or the gun, Trooper Cliff Greenfield reported.
They classified the matter as an accidental shooting and reported that it remains under investigation.