Man who sawed arms in Home Depot still critical

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A man who sawed his arms to the bone in a Southern California Home Depot store remains hospitalized in critical condition.

West Covina police Cpl. Rudy Lopez says the man remains in intensive care Thursday but he isn’t speaking to investigators and the motive for his actions remains a mystery.

Police say the man grabbed several small saws, including one meant to cut drywall, and attacked himself Wednesday in a store east of Los Angeles.

An off-duty Pasadena Fire Department paramedic, Capt. Art Hurtado, used rope and cloths from the shelves to make a tourniquet to stop the massive bleeding before West Covina paramedics arrived to take over.

Hurtado, who’s been a firefighter for 21 years, says he considers himself always on duty and this was just another day’s work. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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