Man 'dies in mother's arms' after tragic accident

A man has died “in his mother’s arms” after accidentally discharging a homemade firearm.

Timmothy Matthew Gardiner, 29, of Launceston, Tasmania, died from a single gunshot wound to the chest after the unstable homemade firearm he possessed suddenly discharged on Saturday about 7.50am, police said.

“As a result of investigations carried out including interviewing a number of witnesses and gathering and analysing evidence from the scene, we are satisfied that Tim’s death was a tragic accident,” Detective Inspector Kim Steven said in a statement.

“Police have been able to determine that Tim was in possession of a small homemade firearm at a residence nearby the unit where he was located at the time of his death.

Police have spoken to three other men who were present when the incident occurred.”

A man has died after accidentally shooting himself in the chest. Source: Google Maps (file pic)

Detective Inspector Steven said Mr Gardiner rushed to his mum’s house nearby on Blyth Street but died a short time later.

She told News Corp he “died in the lounge room, basically in his mother’s arms”.

“This is a tragic accident and our thoughts are with Tim’s family and loved ones at this difficult time,” Detective Inspector Steven said.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

Tasmania has a permanent firearms amnesty, where members of the public can hand in unwanted, unregistered or illegal firearms without penalty.

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