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Sandusky police officer uses dog leash as tourniquet to save boy's life after accidental shooting

Posted: 6:28 PM, Jul 30, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-30 18:28:29-04
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SANDUSKY, Ohio — The heroic actions of a quick-thinking police officer helped save the life of a boy in Sandusky who accidentally shot himself last week.

The shooting happened June 27 on Maple Avenue.

Sandusky police officer Darian Cook responded to the call. When Cook arrived, he found the boy with a gunshot wound to the thigh.

Warning: Video below contains graphic content.

The boy’s mother kept pressure on the wound while the officer fashioned a tourniquet out of a dog leash and used it to stanch the bleeding.

Through the combined efforts of the boy’s mother, Cook and his fellow police officers, as well as Sandusky firefighters and EMS, the situation “ended with a positive outcome in a situation that could have been much worse,” according to Sandusky police Lt. Scott Dahlgreen.