Man accidentally shot on North Fork

Posted 6/25/19

A worker at a North Fork resort was shot in the shoulder last week after a coworker’s vintage pistol was accidentally discharged, the Park County Sheriff’s Office says.

Aryean Vermunt, …

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Man accidentally shot on North Fork

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A worker at a North Fork resort was shot in the shoulder last week after a coworker’s vintage pistol was accidentally discharged, the Park County Sheriff’s Office says.

Aryean Vermunt, a 24-year-old Pahaska Tepee employee, had been sitting outside an employee cabin on the afternoon of Monday, June 17, when coworker Cal Clark, 59, returned from a bike ride.

Clark dropped his backpack to the floor of the cabin’s porch. When he did, a Russian Tokarev semi-automatic pistol inside the pack was triggered.

“The bullet traveled through the side of the backpack and through the right shoulder of Vermunt before becoming lodged in the side of the building,” said Lance Mathess, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

Authorities were called at 2:10 p.m. While they were responding, another coworker and a nurse who happened to be visiting Pahaska got the bleeding under control.

Vermunt was then taken to West Park Hospital by ambulance and later transferred to Billings Clinic in Billings.

No citations were issued in the incident. Mathess said the World War II-era pistol “has a history of accidental discharge especially when dropped.”

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