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Police: Lebanon Man Shot Self

  • Lebanon Police interview a passerby while responding to a report of a self-inflicted gunshot wound just outside of the West Lebanon Cemetery on Pleasant Street in West Lebanon, N.H. Wednesday, August 31, 2016. A victim was taken from the scene in a Lebanon Fire Department ambulance. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Lebanon Police Cpl. Gerald Brown, left, inspects the vehicle where Ivan Deutsch, of Lebanon, accidentally shot himself, as Lt. Rich Smolenski talks with Deutsch's girlfriend in West Lebanon, N.H. Wednesday, August 31, 2016. Police said Deutsch was unloading his .380 caliber pistol in the vehicle parked near the West Lebanon Cemetery at about 11:54 a.m. when he shot himself in the leg. Deutsch was transported to DHMC to be treated. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.



Valley News Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

West Lebanon — A 24-year-old Lebanon man accidentally shot himself in the leg while he was seated inside a vehicle on Wednesday at the West Lebanon Cemetery.

Ivan Deutsch was transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries following the noon shooting.

Lebanon Police Chief Richard Mello said Deutsch was attempting to unload a pistol when it accidentally discharged in his lap.

Deutsch didn’t have a permit for the gun, Mello said.

The bullet entered the top portion of Deutsch’s leg near his groin area, Mello said. Deutsch was alone inside the vehicle at the time.

Deutsch had been waiting for his girlfriend in a pull-off area near the entrance of the cemetery off Pleasant Street. He isn’t allowed on the premises of his girlfriend’s apartment, which is in the area of the cemetery, so he was waiting to meet up with her, Mello said.

Deutsch’s girlfriend was seen pushing a child in a stroller near the vehicle Deutsch had been sitting in shortly after ambulance personnel brought him to the hospital.

Police interviewed the woman, who wasn’t identified by police.

Deutsch did not have a license for the .380-caliber pistol he was carrying, Mello wrote in a news release that was issued in the hours after the incident.

In New Hampshire, authorized gun owners must have a permit to carry a concealed weapon. No permit is needed to open carry, however.

Carrying a loaded gun inside a vehicle is considered a concealed carry, Mello said, therefore, Deutsch should have had a permit.

When the ambulance arrived, Deutsch was quickly loaded onto a stretcher and taken to the hospital.

An area company towed the SUV to the Lebanon police station.

Several Lebanon police officers responded to the incident.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Correction

Ivan Deutsch accidentally shot himself with a .380 caliber handgun, according to Lebanon police. An earlier version of this story named the wrong type of gun.