Cookeville police believe shooting death was accidental

Police are investigating after a man was found shot dead in his yard in Cookeville on Tuesday.

According to the Herald-Citizen, 53-year-old Darren J. Cooper was found lying in the yard at about 6 p.m. according to Cookeville police.

The Herald-Citizen reports that police believe the shooting was accidental, as it appears that Cooper took a hunting rifle from his vehicle and it accidentally fired.

Family members found Cooper's body when they arrived home later Tuesday evening.

The investigation is ongoing as Cooper's body has been sent for an autopsy.

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