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Name released on man who accidently shot himself

FIFTY LAKES — The name of the 61-year-old Fifty Lakes man, who was injured Friday after accidently discharging his firearm and wounding himself, was released Tuesday.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office identified the man as James Brustad. Brustad was treated on scene and later flown by North Memorial Air Care to St. Cloud Hospital, where he was in fair condition Tuesday.

The sheriff’s office was dispatched at 5:17 p.m. to the man’s residence for a report of a prowler. The man indicated that there may have been an intruder in the basement. Upon arrival, the responding officers found the man inside the home with a gunshot wound to his abdomen area.

It was reported that the man thought he heard something in his basement, so he went downstairs with a firearm to investigate. The man, who was home alone, was not sure how he discharged his firearm.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Crosslake Police Department, Breezy Point Police Department and North Ambulance Service.

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