EDWARDSVILLE — Authorities are investigating an apparent accidental shooting death in Alton.
In a press release Monday, Madison County Coroner Stephen P. Nonn said Austin J. Wilcox, 18, of the 700 block of Washington Avenue, Alton, was found dead in his apartment Saturday, July 12. Coroner’s Investigator Sakina Hall pronounced Wilcox dead at 1:34 a.m.
Witnesses inside the apartment told Alton Police Wilcox was playing with a recently obtained semi-automatic handgun. Wilcox told witnesses the gun was not working and would not fire. Witnesses said they began watching television in the living room when they heard a gunshot and turned around to see that Wilcox had shot himself.
Preliminary autopsy results indicate the cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head, Nonn said. Routine toxicology testing for the presence of alcohol or drugs will be performed. Alton Police are continuing their investigation.
Elias-Smith Funeral Home is handling funeral arrangements.