Calhoun Police Department

The Calhoun Police Department responded to a ‘man down’ call around 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 8 on Dogwood Drive in Calhoun.

Upon arrival, authorities found an elderly male in a building behind the house. The man was identified as 75-year-old Kenneth Edward Conner of the residence, and officers say it appeared he had been in the building for several hours.

Conner’s wife told officers that she had not seen her husband since 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night. She stated that he came to the bedroom at that time to get his nighttime medications, and that he sleeps in another bedroom in the home due to frequently waking up during the night. She told officers she woke up Wednesday morning and noticed the door to the building behind the house was open and felt something wasn’t right and after looking, found him unresponsive in the building. She then called 911. EMS, the coroner, Chief Garry Moss and officers and detectives responded to the scene.

Conner died of a gunshot wound to the chest and authorities believe he had been cleaning a gun when it accidentally discharged. Authorities found gun-cleaning supplies on the table in the building. The investigation is finished and has been ruled an accidental shooting.