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Coroner identifies Helena man who died when rifle discharged

Posted: 4:45 PM, Oct 22, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-22 17:39:55-04

The man who died after a gun discharged in Helena on Sunday has been identified as Dr. Eugene “Buzz” Walton II.

The Lewis & Clark County Coroner released the name on Monday.

The incident happened on Sunday afternoon after a rifle discharged in the former Kmart parking lot off of Cedar Street.

Lt. Brett Petty of the Helena Police Department said officers responded just before 12:30 p.m., after several people called 911 to report hearing a gunshot in the area.

Officers found Walton with an apparent gunshot wound and began lifesaving measures.

The Helena Fire Department and medical responders from St. Peter’s Health arrived soon after and provided medical aid.

Walton was taken to St. Peter’s by ambulance, but he was pronounced dead shortly after he arrived at the hospital.

Petty said Walton had just returned from a hunting trip with another man, and that he was trying to get his hunting rifle out of the back of the truck when the rifle discharged.

Walton, 48 years old, was a physician at Performance Injury Care & Sports Medicine in Helena, according  to its website .

The  Facebook page  for the organization states:

** We will not be answering phones today**

Our clinic will be closed Monday. Please be patient and our staff will get a hold of you soon. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this difficult time for our staff, family and friends of Dr. Walton.

His body has been taken to Missoula for an autopsy to officially determine the cause and manner of death.