MYRTLE, Miss. (AP) - Authorities say the shooting death of a Myrtle man was an apparent suicide.
Union County Coroner Mark Golding says Billy Bates had been shot once in the head and once in the leg on Wednesday. A second man was wounded in the hand and arm but the wounds were not life threatening.
Golding tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that a preliminary autopsy and investigation indicates Steve Kennon was trying to wrestle the pistol away from Bates when the gun went off.
Golding says the first bullet apparently went into Kennon's hand, through his arm and into Bates' leg.
Golding says when Kennon left the room to have someone to call 911, the two heard another gunshot and found Bates with a bullet wound in his head.
Authorities say the investigation is ongoing.
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