Man who sawed arms in Southern California Home Depot critical

  • Art Hurtado, Pasadena Fire captain and paramedic takes questions during a news conference in Pasadena, Calif., Thursday, April 11, 2013. At right, Calvin Wells Pasadena Fire Chief. Hurtado helped save the life of a man at Home Depot after the victim apparently tried to cut his arms off using handsaws found at the home improvement store in West Covina, Calif. With help from police and store employees, Hurtado who was off-duty collected rope and rags from store shelves and put makeshift tourniquets on both arms, most likely saving the man's life, police said. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

LOS ANGELES — Fire Capt. Art Hurtado was making an off-duty visit to a home improvement store when he encountered a horrific sight — a man had deliberately cut his own arms to the bone with handsaws.

As others screamed, the veteran paramedic used materials from store shelves to stanch the bleeding.

"I kind of MacGyver-ed it," Hurtado said Thursday, referring to the old TV drama about a secret agent who used whatever materials he could find to solve problems.

The incident occurred Wednesday inside a Home Depot store in West Covina, a suburb east of Los Angeles. The man was all by himself when he injured himself, West Covina police Cpl. Rudy Lopez said.

The victim of the self-mutilation remained hospitalized as investigators tried to determine why he hurt himself. As of now, the incident is being investigated as an attempted suicide.

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