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Police: Man shot himself, blamed thief

The Routt County Sheriff’s Office is looking to charge a 21-year-old Routt County man who shot himself, but originally told authorities that it was a result of an arm robbery.

Joel Marchington was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center for a gunshot wound to the hand Sunday afternoon, Lt. Richard Wood said.

Marchington first told the sheriff’s office that the wound came from an armed robbery on Routt County Road 129. On further investigation, the sheriff’s office determined the gunshot wound was self-inflicted and came from a .25-caliber semiautomatic handgun, Wood said.

After interviewing Marchington and his girlfriend again, the sheriff’s office then discerned the accident occurred behind a property along C.R.129, and Wood thinks the gun malfunctioned when Marchington attempted to clear it.

Marchington has an extensive criminal history, Wood said, and he will be charged with possession of a weapon by a previously convicted felon. The charge is a Class 6 felony.

Marchington suffered entrance and exist wounds and a bone was shattered, Wood said.

— To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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