HAYS, Kan. (AP) — A western Kansas man has died in an accidental shooting that occurred as he was trying to put his shotgun away, sheriff’s investigators said.
The shooting happened shortly before 3:30 p.m. near Hays, Wichita The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to a 911 call placed a few miles west of Hays in a rural area. Responding deputies found Raymond Nieman, 72, of Hays, next to a vehicle with a single gunshot wound to his chest. Nieman was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators believe Nieman had been a passenger in the vehicle and was apparently shot as he was trying to secure the shotgun in the back of the vehicle. Officials have ruled his death as accidental.