No foul play suspected in death of man at gun range

Juneau Mercantile and Armory, pictured here Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, was the sight of a death investigation Saturday. (Photo by Tripp J Crouse/KTOO)

Juneau Mercantile and Armory, pictured here Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, was the sight of a death investigation Saturday. (Photo by Tripp J Crouse/KTOO)

Police do not suspect foul play after a man suffered a fatal gunshot wound Saturday at a Juneau gun range.

According to a Juneau Police Department news release, Bruce Owens, 63,  and a friend went to Juneau Mercantile & Armory in Mendenhall Valley on Saturday to do some recreational shooting.

A 911 caller reported at about 2 p.m. that someone — later identified as Owens – was shot in the head.

Juneau Police Lt. Krag Campbell confirmed that upon arrival, emergency personnel found Owens inside the building with a handgun next to him.

Police reviewed surveillance video and do not suspect foul play, but did not specifically say whether the injury was self-inflicted. A post on the armory’s Facebook page said an individual used a “firearm to harm himself.”

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Owens was pronounced dead Bartlett Regional Hospital.

The body was taken to the Alaska Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

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