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Wash. Police Dismantle Home-Made Guillotine After Man Severed His Arm


A man who entered a Bellingham medical office with a severed limb later told medics he cut his own arm off with a self-made device.

Police said the man walked into a urology office in the Birchwood neighborhood at 11 a.m. Thursday. His right arm had been severed below the shoulder.

Employees from the clinic called for an ambulance and police.

Investigating officers searched a nearby homeless camp where the man was believed to live and found the severed arm and a self-made guillotine.

The arm was transported to the hospital in the hopes it could be reattached.

Police said the victim admitted to cutting his arm off.

The man was airlifted to Harborview Medical from another hospital for further treatment. His condition is not known.

Officers said they have been in contact with the man before, who suffers from mental issues.

Police said the guillotine will be dismantled.

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