Altus Police are investigating a fatal shooting that happened New Year’s Day in the 12oo block of W. Wingfield. According to Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy, the shooting appears to be have been accidental shooting.
According to Murphy, the shooting call came in at 12:38 p.m. on Jan. 1. When police arrived they discovered the body of a 62-year-old male victim outside under a carport. The victim was transported to Jackson County Memorial Hospital by EMS personnel and was later pronounced dead.
Police did recover a handgun, at the scene, near where the victim was found.
Murphy said that investigators believe the victim was attempting to secure the family dog to a chain outside when a gun the victim was carrying was dropped. The gun discharged, striking the victim in the upper right thigh.
“Other family members present at the home tell investigators they heard a gunshot,” said Murphy. “They went outside and discovered the victim laying on the ground.”
At this time investigators do not suspect foul play in the man’s death. The victim was taken to the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.
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