Stanley Stockton, 72, died of an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound shortly after 8 a.m. Nov. 17. The accident occurred at his home at on 3160 Road outside of Hotchkiss.
Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee says Stockton was handling his rifle in a shed where he normally works on his firearms. The rifle apparently accidentally discharged, striking Stockton in the lower abdomen. He died at the scene and was discovered by his wife. An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday morning.