Bellingham, Wash., police dismantle guillotine

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BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) -- Bellingham police have dismantled a homemade guillotine apparently used by a man to sever his right arm at a transient camp.

Sgt. Les Gitts says police saved only the heavy metal plate used as the blade, in case it'is needed for evidence.

Gitts described the guillotine as "pretty elaborate." It was out of sight in a wooded area until police investigated Thursday after the injured man walked into a clinic.

Police searched the area and found the guillotine and the severed arm. He was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle in hope it could be reattached.

Gitts said Monday he didn't know if that was successful. The hospital wouldn't say for privacy reasons. The man was reported in serious condition Friday in the intensive care unit.