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UPDATE: Medical Examiner Names Man Found Dead In South Renton

The King County Medical Examiner ruled the death a suicide.

Update—Saturday, Dec. 8:

The King County Medical Examiner has named the man as 63-year-old Lane Hartvigson of Renton. He was discovered lying in the middle of the road in the 1400 block of Harrington Avenue S.E. with a rifle nearby and a gunshot wound to the head. The Medical Examiner confirmed that Hartvigson died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Original Story—Thursday, Dec. 6:

Renton police are investigating the apparent suicide of a man found holding a rifle and lying in the middle of a street in south Renton.

At about 10:20 a.m. Thursday, police received a 911 call from someone who had seen a body lying in the street in the 1400 block of Harrington Avenue S.E., according to a statement from Detective Robert Onishi.

The caller told dispatchers that the person had a rifle, and noted that there were obvious injuries and a large amount of blood visible. Officers found the man lying in the middle of the road, with "injuries consistent with a short range gunshot, and initial indications are that the shooting was self-inflicted," the statement said. 

The King County Medical Examiner has been notified and will determine cause and manner of death, as well as identify the person.

Police are asking any witnesses to this incident to call 425-430-7500, and reference Renton Police case 12-12562.

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