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22-year-old dies in apparent gun accident

A man who was found dead of a gunshot wound Tuesday morning, Dec. 9, has been identified as Alexander Keith Olenslager, 22, of Eagle Creek.

Responding Clackamas County sheriff’s deputies found his body in an outbuilding of a property in the 27400 block of Southeast Highway 224.

The sheriff’s office issued a press release stating the death is believed to be accidental.

Deputies said they were told by Olenslager’s family members that he had been having a problem with one of his firearms.

According to the sheriff’s office, evidence was found that indicated Olenslager was trying remove a stuck cartridge from a malfunctioning weapon when it discharged.

The sheriff’s office and Clackamas County Medical Examiner’s Office continue to investigate the incident.


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