A 33-year-old man died after accidentally shooting himself with a handgun in Spanaway late Saturday, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.
The man, whose identity has not yet been confirmed, shot himself about 5:50 p.m. near a transient camp in the 13100 block of A Street South, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said Sunday. The man was pronounced dead about 6:15 p.m.
According to Troyer:
Deputies originally investigated the man’s death as a homicide, because the man was shot and ammunition was found on the ground. However,no gun was found, and the stories of individuals interviewed at the scene by officers were inconsistent.
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Deputies were able to determine that someone picked up the gun and hid it.
Witnesses, originally uncooperative, eventually told investigators the man had been dry-firing the weapon and racking rounds in and out of its chamber.
The man, who may have been intoxicated, pointed the firearm at himself and pulled the trigger. A chambered round went off and killed him.