Boone County man fatally shoots himself on accident, police say

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BOONE COUNTY, Ind. – A Boone County man has died after he accidentally shot himself.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office received a call around 5 p.m. on Thursday about a man down in the yard in the area of 300 South 500 West in Lebanon.

Emergency personnel later discovered Lester Wethington, 49, lying face down at the rear of the property. Medic units pronounced him dead on the scene.

Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Boone County Coroner’s Office, began reviewing the scene, and a preliminary investigation indicated that the injuries sustained were accidental.

It is believed that Wethington went out to target shoot in his backyard when he accidentally slipped and fired the weapon. The weapon discharged and fatally struck Wethington on the right side of his head.

It has been determined that Wethington died as a result of an accidental shooting.

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