An 18-year-old Alton man was killed Saturday morning in an apparent gun accident.  Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn’s office says 18-year-old Austin J. Wilcox of the 700 block of Washington Avenue died of a single gunshot wound to the head, and it appears to be accidental.

 

Wilcox was pronounced dead just after 1:30am Saturday, having been found seated in a living room chair showing no signs of life.  Witnesses say Wilcox was playing with a new semi-automatic handgun, but was not functioning and would not fire.  At some point while the group was watching television they claim to have heard a gunshot.  Routine toxicological testing will be performed.

 

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