Rifle Accident Leaves Gisela Man In Coma


A Gisela man who was accidentally shot Saturday night at his home remains in a coma and is listed in critical condition in the intensive care unit of Scottsdale Healthcare Osborne.

Tom Barkley, 41, reportedly hit the stock of his wife's rifle, a Remington 700 264 caliber magnum, and the gun discharged, shooting a bullet into his leg.

Gila County Sheriff's Deputy John Finger said Tuesday that Barkley had a disagreement with his wife, Cricket Barkley, and went to the back of his Bronco, where he was trying to break the stock off the gun.

"At that point, the gun accidentally discharged and hit him in the left leg," Finger said.

His wife called the sheriff's office, and Finger and Sheriff's Deputy Sam Brewer responded to the scene at 7:27 p.m.

Finger said emergency medical personnel from the Gisela Fire Department tried to stop the bleeding and called for a medical helicopter from the Valley. When Canyon State Ambulance medics arrived at the scene, they took over the man's care until the helicopter arrived.

"The first helicopter broke down and had to go back," she said. "It took an hour after the accident for a helicopter to get there."

Cricket Barkley said Tuesday that her husband was conscious until he arrived at the hospital. She said once her husband got to the hospital, he lost consciousness.

"They had to resuscitate him for 30 minutes," she said. "He lost almost all his blood."

Barkley will undergo tests today (Tuesday) to determine what brain damage he may have suffered due to extensive blood loss.

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