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Victim identified in fatal Thomson shooting blamed on gun-cleaning accident

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Published: Aug. 19, 2020 at 6:37 AM EDT
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THOMSON, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Thomson police say a woman died Tuesday night after being shot leg during what was described to officers as a gun-cleaning accident.

The victim was identified as Michelle Ansley, 40, according to McDuffie County Assistant Coroner Paul Johnson.

Officers with the Thomson Police Department and rescue crews McDuffie County Fire/EMS were dispatched to the 300 block of Thomas Avenue after getting a report around 6 p.m. of a person suffering a gunshot wound.

Upon arrival, officers found the victim inside the home with a gunshot wound to her leg, police reported.

A 41-year-old man told authorities he had been cleaning his gun when it accidentally fired, according to police.

Rescue crews rendered emergency medical aid to the victim and took her to Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

She was pronounced dead at 6:59 p.m. at the hospital, Johnson said. He described the victim as a family member of the man who was cleaning the gun, but referred further questions to police.

The Thomson Police Department’s criminal investigation division is working on the case. Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact the Thomson Police Department at 706-597-7338.

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