KAYSVILLLE — A man shot himself in the backyard of a burning home Tuesday morning just as emergency crews were responding to the fire, police said.
Officers and firefighters responded to 1056 E. Bedford Drive about 10 a.m. to find the garage of the home in flames, said Kaysville Police Lt. Paul Thompson.
"As officers were checking the perimeter of the home, a gunshot was heard coming from the rear of the home," Thompson said in a statement. "Officers located an unconscious (man) in the backyard of the home who appeared to have a self-inflicted gunshot wound."
Emergency responders treated the man 58-year-old man and he was evacuated from the yard. He later died from his injuries.
The home was a total loss, Thompson said. The cause of the fire was still being investigated Tuesday evening. Arson investigators were on scene, but "this is a normal procedure when an obvious cause … cannot be determined," Thompson said.
Nobody else was injured in the fire. Kaysville police declined to release additional information Tuesday evening about whether anyone else was in the home when the fire started or whether investigators believe the fire was set deliberately.
The man's name was not released Tuesday.
— Ben Lockhart