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Feb 25, 2014 6:45 PM by Kari Beal

Jennings man accidentally shot himself; not homicide

A reversal from the Jennings Police Department about a case previously considered a homicide investigation. It happened on January 16th, when 50-year-old Kenneth Morrow was found shot to death in his driveway. Initially, the department had a person of interest in the case. But now officers say the shooting was self-inflicted, and no charges are expected.

"There were a lot of rumors that somebody had shot him or that he had gotten robbed. Of course, he was a quiet dude, so I couldn't see nobody just messing with him like that," neighbor Norwen Troy Francis Sr. said.

The Jennings Police Department worked with the Louisiana State Police forensic team and say they determined it was Morrow's DNA on the gun.

"In the autopsy it was disclosed that the entry point for the gunshot was sustained right above the right buttock," Jennings Police Chief Todd D'Albor said.

D'Albor explained when Morrow stood up from a chair on his porch, he accidentally pulled the trigger on a gun that was strapped with a waistband to his back.

"We feel somewhere right in here [in tissue below his buttock] it severed the artery, which went straight through the leg and exited the calf," D'Albor said.

Morrow struggled onto his driveway where police believe he was going to attempt to drive to the hospital. But before he could do so, he lost too much blood.

"We caution people to put guns in safes, put it in a place where children can't access it and even if you are carrying a gun, to take all precautions," D'Albor said.

He said citizens who wish to carry around a gun should put it in a holster so that it will not fire off accidentally.

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