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Alaska State Troopers say an Anchor Point man who shot himself during gunplay spent five days with a “serious but not life-threatening” head wound before visiting a hospital, treating it with supplies at hand.

According to an AST dispatch, troopers responded to South Peninsula Hospital in Homer at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, after staff reported the 43-year-old man’s gunshot wound.

“Investigation revealed (the man) had shot himself in the head on (Saturday) while negligently handling a firearm,” troopers wrote. “(He) did not seek medical attention until (Thursday).

In an email to Channel 2 Thursday night, AST spokesperson Beth Ipsen says the investigating trooper reported that the weapon involved was a .22 long rifle.

“He was playing around with it when he shot himself,” Ipsen wrote. “Nobody else (was) there at the time.”

According to Ipsen, it’s not clear whether drugs or alcohol were involved in the incident, but the trooper took note of the man’s medical regimen.

“No treatment before today other than he put Neosporin on the wounds,” Ipsen wrote.

Editor’s note: The name of the man has been omitted from this story.