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Man ID’d in accidental overnight shooting in Columbus

Published: Dec. 1, 2021 at 6:49 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 1, 2021 at 2:18 PM EST
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The Columbus Police Department is investigating a fatal overnight shooting.

Authorities say it happened shortly after midnight in the 200 block of Schaul Street. 26-year-old Michael McDougal was found in the residence, having suffered from a gunshot wound, according to police.

Police said EMS was unable to revive McDougal and the Muscogee County Coroner’s Office pronounced him dead at 12:46 a.m.

Coroner Buddy Bryan says the shooting has been ruled accidental. A child picked up a firearm and discharged it when putting it down on the table, fatally striking her father, according to the coroner.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Detective A. Moyer at 706-225-4435 or AMoyer@columbusga.org. Anonymous tips can also be given by texting VACS plus your message to 274637.

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