Man dead after accidental shooting | CraigDailyPress.com

Man dead after accidental shooting

Tyler Baskfield

— A man was found dead Friday in west Moffat County and Moffat County Sheriff’s Department investigators said he died from an accidental shooting.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call on County Road 95 near Skull Creek, 2 miles west of Massadona, Friday evening and found 61-year-old Robert Lee Witherell of Skull Creek dead from a single gunshot wound.

Witherell’s wife came home about 4:20 p.m. and found her husband lying near their residence and called authorities. After Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Department deputies and Town of Dinosaur police secured the scene, Moffat County Sheriff’s Department detective K.C. Hume investigated the incident. The investigation determined the incident was an accidental shooting.

“We’ve pretty much surmised that it was a gun accident,” said Hume. “It looks like he was out target practicing when it happened. We have ruled out suicide and we do not suspect any foul play.”

The man was found leaning against a four-wheeler all terrain vehicle that he was apparently using as a bench rest while shooting, according to Hume.

The Moffat County Sheriff’s Department has sent items from the scene to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for forensic analysis and will wait for the results before closing the investigation.



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