Alaska man killed by handgun that fell from waistband

SOLDOTNA — An Alaska man died Tuesday when a gun he carried in his waistband fell out and discharged.

Alaska State Troopers say 46-year-old Royce Gardner of Kasilof (kah-SEE’-lawf) was working on a vehicle at a home when his revolver fell from his waistband.

The handgun hit the vehicle and fired, striking Gardner.

Central Emergency Services responders pronounced Gardner dead at the home.

The state medical examiner has scheduled an autopsy.

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