A 21-year-old Portage man apparently shot himself to death accidentally with
a handgun purchased only the day before, the Porter County Coroner’s Office
Coroner Robert Schulte told the Chesterton Tribune today that his
office was dispatched to the man’s home, in the 500 block of Sunrise Ave.,
at 4:40 a.m. Thursday after his mother found him deceased in his bedroom.
The man’s mother advised that she had woken a short time earlier, saw the
light in her son’s bedroom, and discovered him lying on his bed with a
gunshot wound to the head, Schulte said.
“The family reported that the man had never been suicidal, had never
verbalized suicidal thoughts,” Schulte noted. But he had been “familiarizing
himself with the gun, loading and unloading it.”
An autopsy performed later on Thursday found nothing suspicious, Schulte
added, and right now the death has been preliminarily ruled accidental. “But
the investigation is ongoing and we’re awaiting results of a routine
toxicology screen,” he said.
Sgt. Keith Hughes of the Portage Police Department identified the handgun in
question as an unspecified make and model of semi-automatic and said that
the man had purchased it from Bass Pro Shop.