Man killed while trying to cut down tree in Gig Harbor

A 76-year-old Gig Harbor man died Tuesday after a tree he was trying to cut down fell on him.

The man’s wife and granddaughter went looking for him just after 4 p.m. when he did not respond to their calls.

They found him lying on the ground in a heavily wooded area near his driveway.

He was taken to St. Anthony Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies investigated the scene and found a broken chainsaw next to where the man’s body was located.

A nearby tree stump had fresh cut marks.

It appears the man was trying to fall the tree when the top half broke off and fell near the trunk, hitting the man, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Stacia Glenn covers crime and breaking news in Pierce County. She started with The News Tribune in 2010. Before that, she spent six years writing about crime in Southern California for another newspaper.