A tragic shooting death happened over the weekend in Lauderdale County.
Investigators say a card game turned deadly at a residence on Marion-Russell Road Friday. A man there accidentally shot himself with his own gun.
27-year-old Matthew Netto died a short time later. Officials say he thought his gun was unloaded.
"Our investigation is ongoing into this matter," said Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun. "Currently, it appears, based on the evidence that we have from statements of witnesses that were there and physical evidence, it appears that this was a tragic accidental discharge of a firearm."
Calhoun says that this is not a common occurrence, but since we are in hunting season, it's a good idea to remind you to practice firearm safety.
"It is a tragic loss, this young man's life, for his family. If anything good can come out of a tragedy like this it would be that others would remember that handling fire arms in a safe manner can make the difference between someone tragically losing their life," said Calhoun.
Calhoun says you should always treat any firearm as if it's loaded. With that much care and concern for a firearm, accidents involving them become less likely and tragedies like this can be avoided.
"Our condolences certainly go out to his family," Calhoun said.
The National Rifle Association advises, when handling a gun, to point it in a safe direction, keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire, and to keep guns unloaded unless you are ready to use it.
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