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Fatal Thursday night: Two dead in unrelated accidents
JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Separate accidents claimed the lives of two men in Jackson Hole late Thursday night/early Friday morning.
The Teton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an accidental shooting death of an unidentified 20-year-old man. According to the Lt. Bob Gwilliam, the victim was showing a semi-automatic handgun to friends when it went off, killing him instantly. Gilliam said the man apparently removed the clip thinking the gun then had no bullets but a round remained in the chamber.
The friends called 9-1-1 at 1:30 a.m. Thursday night. Police found the deceased still sitting on the couch with the gun in his hand. Alcohol is believed to have played a role in the incident. JH Weekly is waiting to publish the victim’s identity pending notification of next of kin.
Sheriff’s deputies also responded to an early morning call on Friday of an ATV accident in the Gros Ventre. Three employees of Gunsight Ranch near Gunsight Pass were reportedly joy-riding two four-wheelers in a closed area of Cottonwood Creek. They became separated and lost. Two of the employees eventually found their companion face-down in a creek. He was dead at the scene.
Gilliam said it looks like the man struck a large boulder in the creek and was ejected forward into the creek. Cause of death is pending autopsy but believed to be blunt force trauma to the head. Identification of the deceased is expected to be released Saturday.
UPDATE: The shooting victim has been identified as Adam Hagan, 27, of Jackson. Hagan is believed to have had experience in the U.S. Military and was familiar with the use of firearms. It is not the same Adam Hagan who owns Hughes Productions.
The ATV victim is Scott Lilley, 39, of Lansing, NY.