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Witness: Man demonstrating gun's safety shot self in face


The Huron County Sheriff's department is investigating after deputies were dispatched to a home on Kelly Lynn Drive in Caseville Township on reports of a man being shot.

The shooting happened around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday. When deputies arrived, they said they found resident Richard M. McLean, 22, dead in a bedroom. Deputies said it appeared that the victim had died from a handgun discharge to his head.

A man claiming to have been a witness to the incident, a 25-year-old Caseville resident, said McLean shot himself while demonstrating what Richard referred to as the "double safety" of the gun.

There were family members in the residence at the time of the incident, but deputies said no one appeared to have witnessed anything. The 25-year-old witness, who police said is currently on parole from a methamphetamine conviction in 2010, was questioned extensively by the Huron County Undersheriff and later released.

Michigan State Police Crime Lab was called in to process the scene. Shortly after, the victim was transported to Lapeer to await a forensic autopsy. Authorities said major concerns were raised shortly after the victim was removed from the scene because granular substances resembling heroin or methamphetamine, or even bath salts, were located about the room. Police said other items, which resembled those for the production of methamphetamine, were also present.

A Michigan State Police Meth Response Team arrived to investigate the scene. They were not able to totally identify the substances, and further testing will be needed. They did, however, have strong suspicions that some type of drug, possibly meth or bath salts, had been produced, possibly off scene.

Evidence was seized and a hazardous material cleanup team was dispatched to secure the scene. All investigators finally cleared the scene about 18 hours after first being notified about the fatal shooting.

Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson said that at this point, it appears the victim died from an accidental, self-inflicted wound to the head. Hanson said it looked like it was caused from a revolver handgun that had two rounds missing from its cylinder. Apparently, Hanson said the victim pulled the trigger twice before it fired.

Hanson went on to say that several other guns, drug paraphernalia, pills and a small amount of marijuana, which all were confined to the bedroom where the incident occurred, were seized.

Hanson stated that the investigation is expected to be lengthy and an autopsy is scheduled for some time tomorrow.

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