This story previously misspelled the last name of Reuben Whitley. It has been corrected in this version.
A 75-year-old Bridgeport Bar man has died after accidentally shooting himself in the chest Tuesday night.
Reuben M. Whitley died en route to Central Washington Hospital from the Okanogan Douglas Hospital in Brewster, said Don Culp, Douglas County undersheriff. Whitley died either late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.
Whitley heard a noise outside his residence and his dog began barking, prompting Whitley to grab his .22-caliber revolver and investigate, Culp said.
Whitley was at the front door when he accidentally dropped the gun and it went off, with a bullet striking him in the chest, Culp said. His wife was home and called 911 at 10:44 p.m.
Culp said deputies will investigate further but, as of this morning, “all indications are that this was an accidental shooting.” He said he did not know if an autopsy was planned.