- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) - Authorities have ruled that the shooting death of a Chesterfield County father who was driving his children was accidental, but precisely how he was shot remains a mystery.

The state medical examiner’s office ruled Tuesday that 32-year-old Nicholas Clavier died of a gunshot wound to his head as the result of an accident.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1SKciZ5) reports authorities aren’t yet sure if the bullet that fatally wounded Clavier came from his semiautomatic pistol, which was found on the floor of the family’s SUV after he crashed with the four children on board in October.

Police have previously said they’re confident that none of the children picked up the firearm and accidentally fired it.

Clavier’s father-in-law, the Rev. Nathan Boehm, says his family doesn’t believe that Clavier intentionally shot himself.


Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, https://www.timesdispatch.com

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