A 38-year-old Waipori Falls man was flown to Dunedin Hospital
by the Otago Regional Rescue Helicopter after he accidentally
shot himself in the foot with a shotgun shortly before
10.40am on Saturday, police said.
Dunedin police Senior Sergeant Steve Aitken said the man had
been cleaning the firearm when it accidentally discharged,
firing a solid slug round used in hunting.
The man had been flown from Waipori Falls to hospital with a
serious foot injury.
Snr Sgt Aitken said the incident showed firearms could be
dangerous, and highlighted the importance of always taking
All firearms ''should be treated as loaded'' at all times,
until they had been properly checked to ensure they were not,
Hospital officials said the man was in a stable condition in
an orthopaedic ward at the hospital on Saturday night.