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Man with gunshot wound found in car

September 19, 2012
By MARK LAW - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

RAYLAND - Jefferson County Sheriff's Department is waiting to talk with a man who was found with a gunshot wound beneath his chin after he wrecked a car into a fence on Old State Route 7 on Tuesday afternoon.

Sheriff Fred Abdalla said Kamarcus Coleman, 34, of the Columbus area was driving about 40-50 mph on Old State Route 7 coming off of Little Rush Run Road when he crashed through a chain-link fence, coming to rest about 50 yards past the fence.

A worker in the area heard the crash and tried to see if Coleman was injured. Abdalla said there was a lot of blood around Coleman's head and the worker noticed the gun in the front seat area.

Abdalla said Coleman, who was flown by medical helicopter to Ohio Valley Medical Center, was conscious but wasn't talking.

Coleman didn't have any identification, Abdalla said.

The sheriff said the car was rented to a woman in Columbus, who was contacted and provided Coleman's name.

Abdalla said the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation checked the car for evidence. A gunshot residue test also was performed on Coleman's hands to determine if he fired the gun.

A .25-caliber gun and a spent .25-caliber shell casing was found on the front seat, Abdalla said.

"I don't know why anyone would drive down the road at 40-50 mph and shoot themselves. That's why I'm thinking he possibly could have been playing with the gun and it went off," Abdalla said.

The sheriff's department did talk with members of Coleman's family but they didn't know why he was in this area.

Tiltonsville and Yorkville police, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Tiltonsville Volunteer Fire Department assisted.

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