- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

IMPERIAL, Neb. (AP) - Authorities say a 65-year-old man in southwest Nebraska has died after his rifle discharged accidentally.

Chase County Sheriff Kevin Mueller says Dave Ridlen Sr., of Enders, died Wednesday in a shooting about 20 miles southwest of Imperial.

Mueller says Ridlen shot himself shortly after he shot a coyote while checking on cattle for his employer. Mueller says he believes Ridlen did not place his weapon into a safe setting after he fired it. As he was putting the weapon away in his vehicle, something caused it to discharge.

The Imperial Republican (https://bit.ly/1NvpRK0 ) reports a single bullet struck Ridlen in his chest and he died instantly. His body was found by his vehicle.

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Information from: Imperial Republican, https://www.imperialrepublican.com/

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