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Cleveland police officer used tourniquet on a shooting victim with gunshot wound to the leg

Posted at 6:44 AM, Aug 23, 2017

Cleveland police responded to an overnight shooting that may have saved a truck driver's life with a quick response and reaction time.

According to police the truck driver was shot during a robbery attempt in the 3200 block of Perkins Avenue just before 2 a.m.

The first officer to the scene rushed to the victim who was laying in a parking lot suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg. Once that officer got to the man he immediately applied a tourniquet from his medical bag and stopped the bleeding.

Cleveland EMS arrived about 2 minutes after the officer stopped the bleeding and took the man to MetroHealth Medical Center. The victim's condition is unknown but he was sitting up and talking to first responders before being taken to the hospital.

Police said the amount of blood the victim was losing could have proved deadly without the quick response and reaction by the first arriving officer.

Police said the victim was working as a truck driver and was sitting in a semi at a business on Perkins Avenue when two men approached and demanded his wallet he refused to hand over his wallet and was shot in the leg.

Police searched the area but were unable to locate the suspects.

The suspect descriptions have not yet been released.