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Woman killed by gunshot; thought accidental

Sep 24, 2013 - By Kelli Ameling, Staff Writer

A Lander woman has died after being shot in the abdomen Saturday afternoon in her home.

Officials said the accident was initiated by the woman's husband, who had been "improperly disassembling a .45-caliber handgun" when it discharged and struck the woman in the abdomen just before 2 p.m. Saturday.

"We do believe it was an accident, moreover a tragedy," Lander police chief Jim Carey said.

Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan said Courtney Cox, 25, died Saturday at Lander Regional Hospital as a result of the gunshot wound. Preliminary autopsy results showed the wound was not self-inflicted; official results will be available in four to six weeks.

No arrests

Lander police responded at about 1:53 p.m. Saturday to reports that a woman had been shot in the 800 block of Vance Drive. Carey said officials on scene determined that Cox was unconscious and not breathing. She was taken to Lander Regional Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Carey said police were on scene until about 4 p.m. Saturday investigating the situation. Cox's husband, a 30-year-old man, was in the house with "other occupants," and no one was arrested.

Carey did not release the husband's name, and he would not say whether alcohol was involved in the incident.

The investigation is still ongoing, and Carey said attorneys for Fremont County are reviewing the case.

"We do not believe charges will be filed," Carey said.

No new information was available Tuesday.

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