Man dies when rifle discharges after hunting trip

Man dies when rifle discharges after hunting trip
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A 48–year–old physician died when his rifle discharged after he returned to Helena from a hunting trip.

Lewis and Clark County Coroner Bryan Backeberg tells the Independent Record that Eugene “Buzz” Walton was retrieving the rifle from the back of a pickup truck in the old Kmart parking lot at about 12:30 p.m. Sunday when it went off.

Lt. Brett Petty says officers responded to a report of shots fired, found Walton outside the truck and began giving him medical aid. He died shortly after being transported to the hospital.

Police believe the weapon discharged accidentally.

Walton worked at Performance Injury Care and Sports Medicine and had previously worked as an athletics physician for Mercer University, Montana State University at Billings and Rocky Mountain College.

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