May: ‘Rural Austin man’s death a suicide’

Published 9:32 am Thursday, December 12, 2019

Firearm used was found underneath body

The death of a 41-year-old rural Austin man who died during a Tuesday night domestic situation has been ruled a suicide.

According to Mower County Chief Deputy Mark May, Mower County deputies and Austin police officers responded to a domestic assault situation at about 11:20 p.m. on Tuesday at an apartment complex in the 24000 block of 540th Avenue in rural Austin. A resident at the apartment said that a firearm was brandished during the assault.

The man, whose identity has not been released, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, May said. He was dead by the time law enforcement arrived.

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Law enforcement found the firearm under the man’s body.