Man Dies After Accidentally Shooting Himself

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ELK RUN HEIGHTS, Iowa — Eastern Iowa deputies say a man died after his gun fell on the ground and went off.

Black Hawk County Sheriff’s deputies were called to Elk Run Heights around 12:30 a.m. Friday.

They found 45-year-old Martin Lawrence unconscious. Investigators say he was getting out of his car when his gun dropped onto the ground and fired, hitting Lawrence in the leg.

He later died at the hospital.

Deputies believe the bullet traveled up Lawrence’s body and caused several internal injuries. Investigators say nothing indicates Lawrence was reckless in his handling of the weapon.

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