Update: Victim Of Accidental Shooting Identified
Authorities have identified the man who died in an accidental shooting in Elk Run Heights, and they've released more details about the incident that occurred in early Friday morning (Feb. 26, 2016).
Shortly after 12:30 a.m., Black Hawk County sheriff's officials responded a report of a person down in Elk Run Heights. Upon arrival, deputies witnessed a man being administered CPR. He later died. (To read initial story, CLICK HERE.)
Chief Deputy Rick Abben identified the victim as Martin Lawrence, 45, of Elk Run Heights. Abben said Lawrence had returned home after work and was in possession of a handgun when the mishap occurred.
According to Abben, Lawrence was exiting his vehicle and dropped the unholstered gun. The weapon hit the ground and discharged, striking Lawrence in the leg.
Abben said when the bullet entered Lawrence's body, it traveled upward, causing several internal injuries. Lawrence was rushed to Unity Point-Allen Hospital in Waterloo, where he was pronounced dead.
According to Captain Abben, Lawrence was licensed to carry a gun. In a press release to the media, Abben indicated that there is no evidence to indicate that Lawrence was reckless in his handling of the weapon.
The Black Hawk County Medical Examiner has ruled Lawrence's death was accidental. No autopsy is planned.