Coroner looks into shooting

NANAIMO – A Yellow Point man died of injuries sustained during the accidental discharge of a firearm.

A Yellow Point man died of injuries sustained during the accidental discharge of a firearm.

Ladysmith RCMP were called to a home in the Yellow Point area Tuesday morning, in which an 81-year-old man sustained a serious head injury.

He was transported to a Victoria-area hospital by B.C. Ambulance Service, were he died from his injuries later that day.

Ladysmith RCMP, with the assistance of the RCMP Forensic Identification Section, completed a thorough examination of the scene located in the man’s residence on Yellow Point Road.

Based on the physical findings at the scene, investigators are confident that this was an unintentional, self-inflicted injury which occurred as the man was moving his .22-caliber rifle from a closet shelf.

Ladysmith RCMP Victim Services is assisting the man’s family.

The investigation has now been turned over to the B.C. Coroners Service.